On August 4, 2011 the Vancouver Sun published an article titled "Self-defence debate ignites with stabbing of home intruder." Gordon J. Dykstra, a criminal defence lawyer in BC, was asked to comment on this growing issue.
This article in the Vancouver Sun discusses an incident where an occupant stabbed a person who came into his home. He was charged with assault. Gordon Dykstra's comment was "You can defend your property, you can defend persons in your charge and you can defend yourself. In this case he can make an argument to all three, but he has to use proportional force."
The issue is whether stabbing is using excessive force when defending your property, yourself, and people in your charge.
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