Christchurch war veteran Arthur Fuller felt no fear when he took his walking stick to an intruder more than 30 years his junior. “I have never been scared of anything. I’ve had knives held at my throat … I’ve seen ships go down in one flash, no survivors,” the 80-year-old former navy man said. The intruder, Terrence John Enright, suffered a head cut requiring stitches for his troubles after forcing his way into Fuller’s home on the night of May 9. “He didn’t worry me in the slightest. I went to sleep just the same. I didn’t give him the full force or else I would have downed him,” Fuller said. Enright, 48, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to being unlawfully in a building. Judge Robert Wolff told Enright: “In some senses you’re fortunate that the victim in this case literally seems to be a hero. It seems that, having served in Italy and Africa, he was scared but was going to take you on. “He was brave but you could have gone into the home of someone who would have been terrified and not so brave, and you could have made someone unable to feel safe and to sleep properly again for the rest of their life,” the judge said. Fuller was first alerted to Enright at his door when he heard a “loud thump”. He opened the door to the length of the safety chain to find Enright sitting on the doorstep, taking off his trousers and shoes. “I said to him, `You’re not doing that’.” Enright then tried to force his hand inside to try to open the door and Fuller “cracked him across the knuckles” three times with his walking stick. As Fuller went to phone the police, Enright broke through two locks and the chain and entered the home. Fuller confronted him as he headed towards the bedrooms of the house. “I said, `You’re not going down there’.” Arming himself with his walking stick once again, Fuller swung as Enright advanced. The blow left Enright’s blood spilt on the carpet of the home. “I was scrubbing it when the police came. They said to leave it alone,” Fuller said. Enright was captured by police a short distance from Fuller’s home. He was yesterday bailed to a restorative justice conference on June 18. “You have to do something about your obvious over-drinking on this occasion and possibly others,” the judge told him.
All I can think of when I read this is that part in the movie Tremors when the worm busted in and Burt was all “Broke into the wrong goddamn basement didn’t ya ya bastard!?!?” I mean, this drunken moron breaks into an old guy’s house and gets the snot beat out of him, so you know he went to jail looking and feeling like the bloodied up moron that he is. What a schmuck.