Bur­glar shot with bow and ar­row

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A bur­glar in Aus­tralia was shot in the “but­tocks or lower back area” with a bow and ar­row af­ter be­ing con­fronted by an an­gry home­owner, po­lice say.

The in­truder stole cash, car keys and other prop­erty from the house in Syd­ney on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The home­owner, a 68-year-old man, used a wooden bow to chal­lenge the thief as he tried to steal a car.

The rob­ber fled the ve­hi­cle and jumped a fence but was shot from be­hind as he ran to a parked get­away car.

He man­aged to use the ve­hi­cle to es­cape. It was not im­me­di­ately clear from re­ports how se­ri­ous his in­juries were.

“Po­lice seized a num­ber of items from the lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing the bow and sim­i­lar arrows,” a spokesman for New South Wales po­lice said. “We be­lieve that the ar­row is still with the in­jured party”, he added. Po­lice foren­sic of­fi­cers will ex­am­ine the scene at Wat­tle Grove, in the city’s south­west.

Aus­tralian laws do not al­ways favour the home­owner when an in­truder is in­jured or killed, tak­ing into ac­count whether a per­son acted in self-de­fence or used “ex­ces­sive force”.

Un­der New South Wales law, in cases where some­one is killed, self­de­fence can­not be pre­sented as a full le­gal de­fence if some­one is pro­tect­ing their prop­erty or try­ing to pre­vent tres­pass.

The po­lice have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the break­ing and en­ter­ing, and are also mak­ing in­quiries into the ac­tions of the prop­erty owner. They have not yet brought any charges. Wooden bows are not banned in New South Wales and do not re­quire a li­cence or per­mit.

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