Old codger gets burglar

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  1. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    UK pensioner fights back! (legally!)


    The battered and bruised face of a burglar who got on the wrong side of a 72-year-old former boxer


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    Battered and caught out: Gregory McCalium before his encounter with Frank Corti and after, looking ever-so-slightly the worse-for-wear


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    Reluctant hero: Frank Corti, pictured here with his boxing trophies, is pleased with the sentence and has insisted that 'most people would have acted the same way'

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    Glory days: Mr Corti pictured outside the Baliol Boys Club at the age of 16


    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 10:40 PM on 30th June 2009


    A knife-wielding burglar had a shock when he attacked a pensioner in his home - and discovered his victim was a retired boxer. Senior citizen Frank Corti, 72, a former junior boxing champion is still a bit handy with his dukes.

    And when he spotted the aforementioned intruder, Gregory McCalium, in his hallway he sprang into action and delivered two right hooks.

    The blows were so powerful that McCalium, who had just lunged at Mr Corti with the knife, was left looking like he had been in 'a car accident'.
    The pensioner then restrained him until police arrived. He was jailed for four and a half years yesterday after a judge told him he had 'got what he deserved'.

    After sentencing, Mr Corti said: 'I was scared when he first drew the knife but most people would have acted in the same way. If you can't defend what's yours, where are we at?'


    Oxford Crown Court heard the break-in was the culmination of a long-running dispute over noise between the neighbours, who live in Botley, Oxford.
    McCalium, a barman, was having a rowdy party at his house on August 18 last year when police turned up after a complaint from a neighbour.

    McCalium assumed it had been made by Mr Corti - who won the National Association of Boys' Clubs Championship in Birmingham when he was 16 - and broke into his neighbour's home at 8am the following day. Mr Corti, who was with his wife Margaret at the time, dodged out of the way of his attacker's lunge and punched him, giving him a black eye and a split lip, before subduing him.

    McCalium was found guilty of aggravated burglary at a trial in March, during which he had claimed he could not remember the incident.


    John Simmons, defending, said Mr Corti, who served with the Royal Engineers in North Africa from 1956-58, had received minor injuries during the confrontation.

    He added: ' Photographs of the defendant showed what looked like a car accident and photos of the scene looked more like a murder scene.'
    Recorder Angela Morris said: 'Luckily, Mr Corti was an able-bodied 72-year-old who was able to defend himself.

    'The jury might well have concluded you got what you deserved when you entered that property and took a swipe at him with that weapon.
    'The elderly and vulnerable people are entitled to demand the protection of courts from people like you who decide to take matters into your own hands and enter a property with a weapon.'

    Mr Corti, a retired car worker, added: 'If needed to, I would do it again.'


    During sentencing at Oxford Crown Court, Brian Payne, prosecuting, said: 'There was a struggle and it was clear Mr McCalium was intoxicated because his reactions were slow.

    'It seems Mr McCalium ended up with far more serious injuries.'


    After the sentencing, Detective Constable Jon Shaw said: 'Fortunately no-one was more injured in this incident but this was still a terrifying situation and McCalium must now pay for his actions.

    'I hope that the victim, and his wife, might now be able to put this ordeal behind them and get on with their lives.'

    During the trial, Mr Corti described how he had been woken during the night by noise from next door for several months before the incident. He told the court: 'They would slam the doors, then they would start partying. You could hear shouting, screaming and music.'

    Mr Corti said he called police when he found McCalium banging on the front door of his house at about 6.30am.

    Two hours later, he said, he came downstairs and saw bar worker McCalium in his hallway.

    Mr Corti said: 'The accused produced a knife. It was no ordinary knife, it was more like a six-bladed knuckle duster. He made a slashing movement at me. I stepped back. He missed me, fortunately.'

    Mr Corti said that while McCalium was off balance, he grabbed both of his wrists and managed to pin his arms against the wall.

    He added he asked McCalium to drop the knife but he wouldn’t. Mr Corti said: 'I shouted to my wife to ring the police.

    'I was absolutely petrified.

    'As I saw it, it was a matter of do or die so I let his wrists go. Fortunately the element of surprise was with me, so I adjusted my position and hit him with my right hand. It was just below the eye. I did not knock him out, but he was stunned. I heard the knife drop. We grappled. I was trying to drag him out of the back door. We both fell to the floor. I had to subdue him by punching him, which I did not take a great deal of pleasure in.”

    The jury heard he then lay on top of McCalium until the police arrived.'


    Pictured: The battered and bruised face of a burglar who got on the wrong side of a 72-year-old former boxer | Mail Online


    AWESOME.
     
  2. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Great story!
     

  3. gregs887

    gregs887 New Member

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    Lol, if I'd have been hit that hard I doubt I'd remember anything either.
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    LOL - Great story. Take a good look at that dude's eye. Holy crap is that a shiner... LOL
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I just love a happy ending. :D
     
  6. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    That burglar is lucky. Guy breaks into my house with a knife I'll have a double tap he'll remember in he11
     
  7. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    He should have hit him a few more times!:cool:
     
  8. notdku

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    In the UK where you have to fight someone with bare hands attacking you with a knife.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I bet he learned some respect for his elders from that one. If his momma had whipped his azz when he was growing up, this would have never happened.

    He would have been dead in Texas.
     
  10. Dillinger

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    And now they are working towards banning all pocket knives. Pretty soon a Cub Scout Troop will be able to land and take over the whole damn island.....

    JD
     
  11. caniswalensis

    caniswalensis New Member

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    Congrats to Mr. Corti on his sucessful home defense.

    Once a badass, always a badass.
     
  12. easterner123

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    That guy did a real one two on that kid! That guy had real guts fighting an armed assailant with bare fists at his age. Nice job.
     
  13. dicky0331

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    who has that tag line that says "never pick a fight with an old man, if he is to old to fight he will just kill you"?

    lol that goes to show why I always show respect to my elders!
     
  14. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Ouch! I wonder if the old guy is considering a cricket bat now; i hope he doesn't get caught with it.
     
  15. p11shooter

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    Mr. Corti was made with his own Arms to Bear!! HEHE:D
     
  16. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Airborne Weeblos!

    Hell, the 3rd mechanized Girl Scouts Division is positioned to invade France as we speak. Electric Barbie cars and curling irons. Resistance is futile! Paris will fall in a few hours.
     
  17. RL357Mag

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    Wrong asswipe! The elderly and vulnerable should be entitled to demand the protection of a GUN!!!. What the fu%k kind of protection do the "courts" provide during an attack? I'm surprised the pompous ass Brits didn't try to jail Mr. Corti for carrying two lethal weapons - his hands...
     
  18. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    No need to fear for the troops though, the Champs Ellysia has trees planted in perfect straight lines so the conquering can march into town in the shade. :D

    JD
     
  19. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Great story!! That twat is going to get a really nice reception in prison, "beaten up by a 70 year old" is not going to impress many of his new pals. :)
     
  20. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    I reckon that would be the case in Australia too. Probably the only way to avoid being charged yourself...using any 'weapon' however improvised (cricket bat etc) wouldn't go down well I would think.


    Yeah courts are only 'protection' after the fact...protection - hopefully - from them doing it to someone else anytime soon. I have a sneaking suspicion it was his age as well that helped a lot in avoiding a charge...I wonder what would have been the case if the defender had been the same age as the attacker?


    Hell yeah! Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall during his prison induction lol. And maybe he'll get a large psycho Jamaican whose looking for a nice lil white boy to be his 'wife' for a cell mate, with any luck :p