England’s laws on use of lethal force are so bass ackwards. Only six months for brandishing an axe at a pregnant woman? A female teller here in South Orange County had a miscarriage after a bank robbery several years ago, and the same could have happened here. Yet use a gun to defend yourself from a burglar in England, and you’ll get a lot more than six months.
Jailing him for six months, Judge Jamie Hill QC said: “Brandishing an axe and threatening people in the street is serious whatever the context.”