A heroic great-grandfather in Britain fought off three armed thugs who broke into his home while he was out at a special event.
Andrew Adamson, 59, came home in a tuxedo with his wife Liz, 58, to find three thugs burgling the place. One was carrying a 2-foot long crowbar and another had a razor blade.
“We came home and they were already in there. My wife opened the door and thought it was my son playing but then realized it wasn’t,” he said.
The confrontation was caught on surveillance camera in an alley outside his home as Adamson forcefully pushed the men out of his house.
The three suspects, allegedly gang members, fought back but Adamson did not back down.
“I was not just going to let them stand by and ransack my house – I did what any good husband would do. I wanted to protect my home and protect my wife,” he said.
He fought them one by one until they fled down the alley with his briefcase, which is worth about $650. He was left with blood gushing from a head wound. The injury required seven stitches.
“They came here because, I believe, they thought there were large amounts of money here. But that just proves their lack of intelligence,” he said.
Adamson says he and his wife have lived in the home for over 30 years.
“’There was no way I was going to let them go without a fight,” he added. “They say an Englishman’s home is his castle – but I think I just acted on instinct.”
Duncan Berry, then 20, was identified by the CCTV footage and pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.
Adamson grabbed a balaclava off one of the attacker’s during the struggle. Three years later it was tested for DNA. David Jarvie, 53, was arrested and later confessed to his part in the break-in. Jarvie was convicted of aggravated burglary and actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 5.5 years last Thursday.