I did quickly check the Current Affairs thread so apologies if this is a repeat posting... this is an excllent story, all the more so for the judge telling the burglar he got what he deserved! (And I hope he took a great deal of pleasure in battering this scrote until the Rozzers turned up). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196479/Pictured-The-battered-bruised-face-burglar-got-wrong-72-year-old-boxer.html A knife-wielding burglar got a shock when he attacked a pensioner in his home - a couple of right hooks to the face. Gregory McCalium had not realised that victim Frank Corti was a retired boxer. This police mugshot of 23-year-old McCalium, taken soon after he was arrested at Mr Corti's home, shows the facial injuries the OAP inflicted as he made a citizen's arrest. Today, McCalium is beginning a four-and-a-half year prison sentence after a judge told him he 'got what he deserved.' A court heard how Mr Corti - who served with the Royal Engineers in North Africa from 1956-58 - was at home with his wife Margaret at the time of the incident. McCalium, a neighbour, smashed his way into the couple's home and lunged at Mr Corti with a blade. The pensioner dodged the knife and punched the intruder twice in the face, leaving him with a black eye and swollen lip. He then restrained McCalium until police arrived. After the sentencing, Mr Corti said: 'We are very pleased (with the sentence) because our life was severely disrupted by the incident and we are pleased he won't be troubling us for a few years. 'I had to restrain him before he could go and get the knife. 'I was scared when he first threw the knife, but most people would have acted in the same way. 'If you can?t defend what?s yours, where are we at?' During sentencing at Oxford Crown Court, Brian Payne, prosecuting, said: 'There was a struggle and it was clear Mr McCalium was intoxicated because his reactions were slow. 'It seems Mr McCalium ended up with far more serious injuries.' The break-in was the culmination of a dispute between the neighbours, Mr Payne added. The court heard that cocktail barman McCalium was drunk after partying all night when he forced his way into his neighbour's house in Botley, Oxford, at 8am on August 19. Police had turned up earlier in the morning after complaints of noise and McCalium was seen brandishing a wooden sword. The barman denied aggravated burglary and told a trial in March that he could not remember the incident. John Simmons, defending, said: 'Whatever happened that night was a coming together of a situation that had been brewing for some time and in the run-up neither of them covered themselves in glory. 'It was like a pressure cooker that finally blew.' Mr Corti received only minor injuries, Mr Simmons told the court. He added: 'Photographs of the defendant showed what looked like a car accident and photos of the scene looked more like a murder scene.' Recorder Angela Morris said because of McCalium's age and lack of serious previous convictions she would pass the shortest sentence available. 'Luckily, Mr Corti was an able-bodied 72-year-old who was able to defend himself. 'The jury might well have concluded you got what you deserved when you entered that property and took a swipe at him with that weapon. Enlarge Gregory McCalium has become involved in a long-running dispute with Mr Corti about noise 'The elderly and vulnerable people are entitled to demand the protection of courts from people like you who decide to take matters into your own hands and enter a property with a weapon.' McCalium, who has been in custody since the attack, will serve half the sentence before he is eligible for release on licence. After the sentencing, Detective Constable Jon Shaw said: 'A dispute happened between residents over excessive noise levels in the road. 'This led to McCalium, confronting one of his neighbours, armed with a knife. 'The elderly man, who at the time was at home with his wife, was able to subdue the man until the police arrived. 'Fortunately no-one was more injured in this incident but this was still a terrifying situation and McCalium must now pay for his actions. 'I hope that the victim, and his wife, might now be able to put this ordeal behind them and get on with their lives.' Mr Corti was today reluctant to speak of his bravery. His wife Margaret, speaking at the door of their semi-detached home, said he did not want to comment. She said: 'He doesn't want to say anything. We just want an end to it.' During the trial, Mr Corti described how he had been woken during the night by noise from next doow for several months before the incident. He told the court: 'They would slam the doors, then they would start partying. You could hear shouting, screaming and music.' Mr Corti said he called police when he found McCalium banging on the front door of his house at about 6.30am. Two hours later, he said, he came downstairs and saw bar worker McCalium in his hallway. Mr Corti said: 'The accused produced a knife. It was no ordinary knife, it was more like a six-bladed knuckle duster. 'He made a slashing movement at me. I stepped back. He missed me, fortunately.' Mr Corti said that while McCalium was off balance, he grabbed both of his wrists and managed to pin his arms against the wall. He added he asked McCalium to drop the knife but he wouldnât. Mr Corti said: 'I shouted to my wife to ring the police. 'I was absolutely petrified. 'As I saw it, it was a matter of do or die so I let his wrists go. Fortunately the element of surprise was with me, so I adjusted my position and hit him with my right hand. It was just below the eye. 'I did not knock him out, but he was stunned. I heard the knife drop. We grappled. I was trying to drag him out of the back door. We both fell to the floor. I had to subdue him by punching him, which I did not take a great deal of pleasure in.â The jury heard he then lay on top of McCalium until the police arrived.