Family First NZ says that the self defence law needs clarification so that families defending themselves know with certainty what they can do legally.
“The Virender Singh case along with previous self defence cases has highlighted confusion in the law but victims and members of the public need to know that they can use reasonable force to stop and detain offenders and to protect their families,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“The use of ‘self defence’ and ‘reasonable force’ has not been defined in detail and this is causing angst for both the public and the police when deciding whether to prosecute.”
“Unfortunately, some people no longer have confidence in the ability of the police to defend themselves and their property and as a consequence are likely to be tempted to take the law into their own hands.”
“When a shop owner or a parent has a millisecond to make a judgement call of how best to protect both themselves and their family, they need to know that the justice system will work on their side when they are simply trying to do the best thing in the circumstances.”
“Those who intervene in a crime should not be forced into inaction because they are concerned that they’ll be the subject of a police investigation,” says Mr McCoskrie.
Family First is calling for the government to clarify the law relating to a citizen’s right to defend his family, home and property.