Inspired by this thread I remembered a (drunken) discussion with some friends at the pub. We were arguing for and against shooting someone who had entered your house.
It eventually came down to this senario: Bob lives in a house, he lives alone and wants to protect his belongings, he has a hand written sign on his gate which says “Do not enter - private property- tresspassers will be shot”, yeah I know its a strange sign but Bob is really concerned. Now Bob is a farmer and has a licenced shot gun.
One day Mad Max feels the need for a new TV, a Laptop and a new car. Bob has all these things so Mad Max ignores these signs and enters Bobs house(carrying a gun), Bob is upstairs, while Max picks up the TV and the laptop, Bob hears him and comes rushing down stairs with his shot gun. Being pretty protective Bob also has security cameras in every room with sound. Bob then says to max, “put down my stuff now or I will shoot you in the leg”. Max does not put down anything but doesnot leave and even takes aim with his gun. Now Bob says “you have 3 seconds to leave my stuff and get out of the house before I shoot” Max does not leave, so Bob keeps his promise and shoots Max in his Legs (from across the hall).
Now this is where we could not decided what the law was. In the UK is Bob breaking any laws ? He warned Mad Max 3 times (once the gate, and twice in the house) Max was told he would be shot for tresspassing, is it legal to make up your own rules and carry them out like this ?