The Director of Public Prosecutions is expected to take several weeks before deciding whether any charges should be brought against a Longford businessman who shot a burglar outside his home in Killoe last Thursday.
The business owner, who disturbed three males on his property at Kilmoyle, Killoe in the early hours of Thursday morning, discharged a single shot, injuring one of the three in his upper body.
A second man escaped on foot and was arrested a short distance away following a search of the area by Gardai. The third male fled the scene in a van stolen during the incident which contained work tools. He was arrested when Gardai intercepted the van on the N4 a short time later.
Gardai from Granard, Longford, Ballymahon, Roscommon, and the Air Support Unit were involved in the operation.
Two suspects, including the alleged gunshot victim, later appeared at a special sitting of Longford District Court the following evening before being remanded in custody.
But it is the precise nature of the incident and whether the businessowner’s actions fall within the remit of newly introduced legislation which is expected to generate much debate locally.
Under the Criminal (Defence and Dwelling) Act 2011 passed just last month, law makers gave greater protection to homeowners when defending themselves and their property against intruders.
One potential loophole however, concerns whether the law covers an adjoining business premises where part, or all of last week’s incident, is believed to have taken place.
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