Thief to be paid compensation by property owner – is this justice?

A man who caught a thief breaking into his work vehicle red-handed and reacted furiously by punching him unconscious was today ordered to pay compensation for the “totally disproportionate” attack.

Ethan Annett, 21, had been at a party in Christchurch’s Matipo St at about 10.40pm on May 9 when a mate told him his work vehicle was being broken in to.

He and a co-offender charged off down the street and found two men standing near the work vehicle on Dallas St.

Both thieves were set upon by Annett and his co-offender in a flurry of punches.

One man was knocked unconscious.

Both victims were rushed to hospital via ambulance.

Annett appeared at Christchurch District Court today for sentencing after earlier pleading guilty to an assault charge.

Defence counsel Kerry Cook said that although Annett was remorseful, he noted that the “totally disproportionate” incident would not have happened if someone had not been breaking in to his vehicle – Annett’s “only asset”.

He was convicted on the assault charge and ordered him to pay $600 compensation to his victim.

Convicted of assault and ordered to pay compensation.

Why is it that the law protects the criminals when their victims react to the crime?

Essentially, our law does not allow for you to respond “disproportionately”. ? ?So let’s say you come home and find your wife being raped and you kill the rapist. ?You’ll go to jail as a murderer because killing a rapist is disproportionate. ? I mean, the authorities would like you to stand there and phone it in and not do a thing.

What was Annett?supposed to do? ?Ask to be driven to the thief’s home and steal some stuff in return?


– Kurt Bayer, NZME