Home Owner Jailed, Burglar Goes Free

A businessman who fought off knife-wielding thugs after his family was threatened has been jailed for 30 months.

The case prompted renewed debate over the level of force that home owners can use against raiders.

Munir Hussain, chairman of the Asian Business Council, was praised by a judge for his “courage” in defending his wife and three children from an attack but then jailed for the violence of his response. One of his attackers was spared a jail sentence.

The incident occurred when the Hussain family returned from their mosque during Ramadan to find three intruders wearing ski masks in their home.

Hussain was told that he would be killed.

His family’s hands were tied behind their backs and they were forced to crawl from room to room. Hussain, 53, escaped after throwing a coffee table and getting his brother Tokeer, 35, to help chase offenders down the street, bringing one of them to the ground.

What followed was described in Reading Crown Court as self-defence that went too far.

Walid Salem, one of the intruders, suffered a permanent brain injury after he was struck with a cricket bat so hard that it broke into three pieces.

Neighbours saw several men beating Salem with weapons, including a metal pole.



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