Gary Bennell, 52, put aside his grief over the death of 27-year-old son Jon to admit he hoped he too would have the "guts" to fight back if confronted by intruders.
He added: "The family view is he's dead and we're sorry about it and we're grieving. He's not lived with us for a few years. He was on bail for burglary and that's just the way he was.
"My wife is gutted - broken-hearted. Whatever has happened in the past between us, he's still our child - or he was still our child."
And yet you can be for private property even when it means the death of a wayward son.
Only hope I never have to endure what this brave man has endured.