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Farmer convicted of using mines against thieves
Posted 2/18/10 , edited 2/18/10
Source -> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8512173.stm


Russian farmer has been convicted of planting landmines around his field to ward off trespassers.

Alexander Skopintsev, from the eastern region of Primorye near China's border, laid the three devices on his land after building them in his garage.

The 73-year-old had apparently been concerned about the frequent theft of potatoes from his farm.

He was arrested after an intruder set off one of the tripwire-style mines in August and was injured in the blast.

Skopintsev was convicted for the unlawful construction and storage of weapons and received a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence.

"Skopintsev testified that he had prepared the explosive devices to protect his garden against thieves," regional prosecutors said in a statement reported by RIA-Novosti news agency.


Every time I see a case like this where someone hurts themselves while stealing, trespassing, etc but the owner of the property is the one blamed it frustrates me. In this particular case it's hard to fully support or criticize the farmer since I'm not sure what his property looks like though, for me at least. If it's fenced off and someone would need to very intentionally break in, then I totally support this guy using mines. If it's an open field with ambiguous borders then I would say his solution was far too prone to accidental triggering.

I see it as the difference between putting a landmine in the basement of my house and putting one on my front lawn. You have no business tripping one while the other could easily be triggered accidentally.
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Posted 2/18/10 , edited 2/18/10
lol now thats crazy..I remember when i was young me and my friends did a lot of trespassing on peoples farms stealing mangoes and stuff..
Instead of landmines u get shot nowadays lolz..
Posted 2/18/10
Awesome.
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Posted 2/18/10
He's 73, he's protecting his land. Can you blame him?
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Source -> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8512173.stm


Russian farmer has been convicted of planting landmines around his field to ward off trespassers.

Alexander Skopintsev, from the eastern region of Primorye near China's border, laid the three devices on his land after building them in his garage.

The 73-year-old had apparently been concerned about the frequent theft of potatoes from his farm.

He was arrested after an intruder set off one of the tripwire-style mines in August and was injured in the blast.

Skopintsev was convicted for the unlawful construction and storage of weapons and received a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence.

"Skopintsev testified that he had prepared the explosive devices to protect his garden against thieves," regional prosecutors said in a statement reported by RIA-Novosti news agency.


Every time I see a case like this where someone hurts themselves while stealing, trespassing, etc but the owner of the property is the one blamed it frustrates me. In this particular case it's hard to fully support or criticize the farmer since I'm not sure what his property looks like though, for me at least. If it's fenced off and someone would need to very intentionally break in, then I totally support this guy using mines. If it's an open field with ambiguous borders then I would say his solution was far too prone to accidental triggering.

I see it as the difference between putting a landmine in the basement of my house and putting one on my front lawn. You have no business tripping one while the other could easily be triggered accidentally.


Even if it is his own land, I think there is a point where you go overboard.
Posted 2/18/10
haha epic
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Posted 2/18/10
that is just all sorts of pawnage.
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Posted 2/19/10
What a bro.
Posted 2/19/10 , edited 2/19/10
That's messed up. A farmer has got to protect the source of his livelihood.
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Posted 2/19/10

MCMXCI

Even if it is his own land, I think there is a point where you go overboard.


Ok, go own a farmland and see what it's like to protect your investment. Then get back to me when you finally gotten the reason why the poor guy had to do whatever it takes.

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Posted 2/19/10
smart, smart man....
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Posted 2/19/10
I hate thieves. That farmer is the man!
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Posted 2/20/10 , edited 2/20/10
This farmer is a win!
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Posted 2/20/10
I dont blame him.
I, in his position, would of done the same...
Posted 2/20/10
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