The Court of Appeal were persuaded by Michael Wolkind QC to take a “truly exceptional view” when releasing from prison the businessman Munir Hussain who, along with members of his family, had been taken hostage by burglars. The family was threatened at knifepoint. When Hussain managed to escape he caught one of the gang who ended up being beaten and brain-damaged. The case provoked national debate about the parameters of self-defence and vigilantism.
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