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A lesson about what is not accepted as reasonable force even when defending your family

A father who stabbed to death a burglar he found in his family's home was today jailed for five years. Barry-Lee Hastings, 25, stabbed Roger Williams, 35, a total of 12 times after mistaking a jemmy in his hand for a machete. But Old Bailey Judge Brian Barker told Hastings that he had gone too far and his actions were not justified. Hastings, of Wood Green, north London, was found guilty of manslaughter last month and remanded for reports. His family shouted "This country stinks" as he was led away and said later they would appeal. They were backed by supporters of farmer Tony Martin who was jailed for shooting dead a burglar. Judge Barker told Hastings he had repeatedly stabbed Mr Williams

More than two hours and a half hours of abject terror, then help arrived.

One hundred and forty minutes. That’s the amount of time between when gunmen at the Bataclan theatre began rounding up survivors/hostages after their initial killing spree, and when police began their successful assault on the theater. All told, it was over 160 minutes from the first shots to when the first responders were able to reach those inside the venue: more than two and a half hours. ISIS’s attacks in Paris offer an extreme example of a when even the best emergency personnel cannot reach the shooting victims having to wait until the threat has been neutralized. For a period of time that is very often going to be longer than it would take someone with a serious wound to bleed out, the

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