from the link, emphasis added: Prof David Wilson said Martin became a powerful and divisive symbol, held up both by those who believed his actions were justified and those who did not. "Was he defending his home from intruders or simply a vigilante taking the law into his own hands?" said Prof Wilson, emeritus professor of criminology at Birmingham City University. "I don't think any journalist missed the opportunity to frame that story in the way that suited their readership." Despite those interpretations, Martin was found guilty - and the impact of his case has not changed the legal facts, Prof Wilson said. "The law has not changed. You are allowed to take reasonable steps to defend yourself and your property. "The test of what's reasonable was not felt to have been met in Martin's case because the intruders were running away."