Det Supt Dominic Scally, of Greater Manchester police...should be ashamed that his force locked up Peter Flanagan for 3 days.
So four coked-up men in their 20s, armed with at least one machete, break into a 59 year old man's house and threaten him with that weapon: the 59 year old (Mr. Flanagan) grabs a carving knife:
A struggle ensued between one of the burglars - former soldier Wesley Gibbons - who swung the 12 inch machete at Mr Flanagan, who countered the blow in what he described as a 'fencing match'.I'm fascinated why Greater Manchester police had any reason to believe that Mr. Flanagan had committed any sort of crime, let alone arresting him on suspicion of murder. How does that work? I can certainly understand them wanting forensics from Mr. Flanagan and his house, and arresting him on suspicion of manslaughter would make some kind of sense, but in what country does an old man suffering an armed multiple-person home invasion find himself under suspicion of murder?
The machete flew into the air and was grabbed by Bennell.
Mr Flanagan said that, after grappling with Bennell, he inflicted a couple of quick, short jabs, which he thought were to his hand or stomach
Bennell's father, Gary, asked Det Supt Scally if a statement issued by the Prime Minister regarding self-defence in the home two weeks before the incident had coloured the police investigation in any way.It's understandable that Bennell senior is grieving the loss of his son - but really, Gary, how could this whole incident be the fault of anyone other than your son and his thieving "friends"?