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According to recent reports, a British World War II veteran made quick work of two would-be burglars despite being outnumbered and more than four times older than either of his attackers. What 88-year-old Kenneth Brown did have, however, was army training that stuck with him through the decades since he served with the Somerset Light Infantry in Asia.
When the teens knocked on his door on the afternoon of April 14, 2013, at least one was Brown’s acquaintance and both likely considered the octogenarian an easy target. Though unarmed and standing at just 5 feet 4 inches, the homeowner was willing and more than able to protect his life and property.
“They demanded money from me so I walloped one and they ran off,” he recalled.
During a recent trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Jack Saunders and Tom Love – the two 19-year-olds – developed a ruse by which to gain entry to Brown’s home and rob him. Saunders, an acquaintance who reportedly brought a knife to the scene, told the elderly man that he left his football inside the home and came to retrieve it.
It was at this point, prosecutor Sherry Nabijo told the court, that Brown noticed the knife and punched Saunders, sending both young men fleeing on foot.
Not only was Brown apparently unrattled in the face of the threat, he later explained that he intentionally went easy on the pair of intruders.
“I didn’t think about the danger,” he said. “I told the police I could have done them a lot more damage, but I didn’t want to get on the wrong side of the law.”
Both men were convicted, with Saunders receiving a 19-month sentence and Love set to spend nearly a year behind bars.
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