Well, pardon me, that just plain stupidity. If you have been robbed over and over again, and you somehow manage to catch the SOB, just happen to injore or kill theperson committing the crime, then that's defending your castle. But somehow, I don't understand how a jury would convict someone for defending his house. Now if a burgler is running away, and you don't chase him, how are you gonna catch him? Well, that's slightly off topic, and I'll leave that one alone for now. Don't want to think about that, because it will just piss me off. At least here in Arizona, (one of the States here in the US) someone is robbing your home, you take action, and ask questions later.
Not saying I am agreeing with it, that's just the way it is. I am comforted though, by the stupidity of most criminals. There was a wonderful book published here called "The book of heroic failures", listing really dumb things people do;
Car thief not only tried to steal a police car, but with 2 cops sitting in it at the time!
Burglar in a stately home, hid in a a suit of armour till the home closed. Then started clanking around the house, in the armour!
Cat burglar trying to break into a factory in winter. He could'nt get through the roof skilght, so threw all his clothes through it, it squeeze through. He still could'nt get in so he was on a factory roof in winter, stark naked.
Recently, a bank robber filled out an account application with his real name and address, whilst casing the bank and was suprised to find the police waiting for him, when he got home with the loot.
No, want can'nt underestimate the depth of stupidity of the average criminal mind.