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Burglar, 17, stabbed to death after raiding home

posted 15 Mar 2009, 14:42 by Dilwoar Hussain
News from the Telegraph

Detectives are questioning a man on suspicion of murder after a teenage burglar was stabbed to death when he raided a home.

By Nick Allen
Last Updated: 5:30PM GMT 15 Mar 2009

The burglar, Tyler Peter Juett, 17, was knifed after he had apparently forced his way into a house in Nottingham through a patio window in broad daylight.

Neighbours said the home belonged to Jacqueline Johnson, 46, who is Jamaican, and her family. The 22-year-old man being questioned is believed to be a relative of the Johnsons.

Local people claimed there was a confrontation after Juett was caught red-handed inside the red brick house in the Old Basford area of the city at 2pm on Friday.

The case will reignite the debate over what right people have to defend their properties against burglars.

It comes 10 years after farmer Tony Martin killed 16-year-old burglar Fred Barras who had broken into his isolated farmhouse in Norfolk.

Martin, who shot the victim in the back as he ran away, was convicted of murder. His conviction was later reduced to manslaughter on appeal.

In the latest case a second man, aged 21, was also arrested but released without charge.

Three youths, believed to be friends of the dead teenager, are also being questioned.

Police said they were called to the house after reports of a disturbance. Paramedics then tried to save Juett but he died from a stab wound at the Queen's Medical Centre. His death is being treated as murder, police said.

The house, with a smashed window visible at its rear, was cordoned off as forensic experts carried out a fingertip search of the area.

Juett's family pleaded his innocence.

Friends set up a tribute website called "RIP Tyler - a Bulwell solja" - a reference to the nearby suburb of Bulwell.

One message read: "I just found out! What a silly boy! What goes around comes around! RIP."

Writing on a social networking website Juett's mother, Michelle, said: "Why, why, why, why, why? I want my baby back. Thank you to everyone who has posted messages for our beautiful son Tyler. It's nice to know he was loved by all of you."

His uncle, Chris, said he wished Juett "could have chosen a different path". He added: "The boy was such a talented footballer, God bless him."

Neighbours near the scene of the break-in said the area had suffered a number of recent burglaries.

Richard Watson, 45, who lives next-door, said: "Whatever has happened, it's a real shame, but the lad shouldn't have been there.

"The people who live there are a lovely couple and very good neighbours. We look out for each other. It's a tragedy for everyone involved."

Faisal Kahn, 33, a computer technician who was burgled nearby six weeks ago, said: "It's scary because it could have been me. They broke a window at the back of my house but the alarm went off and scared them away.

"We don't know exactly what happened this time, but I just feel very sorry. They are a lovely family and were very sympathetic about my break-in."

One young mother, who did not want to be named, said: "It's not a bad area, but there has been a bit of a spate of burglaries just lately.