I'm both angered and saddened by a report from England.
Father-of-three Peter Drummond was so angry when he discovered someone had sold heroin to his family that he took matters into his own hands.
He confronted John Nellies in his home and flushed five of the drug dealer's bags of heroin down the toilet.
But yesterday it was Drummond - not Nellies - who found himself being jailed in court.
The 26-year-old shook his head in disbelief as he was ordered to serve two months for breaching the peace by barging into Nellies's home and threatening him.
The court heard that Drummond had reached the end of his tether after watching his family 'torn apart' by heroin. When he learned on Sunday that his brother-in-law had visited Nellies to buy heroin, he went there later that day to take action.
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Steve Lafferty, defending, asked for his client's punishment to be limited to a fine due to the case's 'quite unusual' circumstances.
He said Drummond had no other criminal charges against him and had acted out of desperation.
But Sheriff McCreadie told the defendant: 'If you were concerned about matters you should contact the police, not enter a house and threaten to kill someone.
'You can't take matters into your own hands the way you did.'
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Outside court, family friend Thomas Brown said: 'Jailing him for what he did is ridiculous. It is a ludicrous decision and even the lawyer was shaking his head.
'Heroin is killing the community and I know for a fact that it has been tearing Peter's family apart.'
It remained unclear last night whether police were taking any action against Nellies.
I'm angered that the drug dealer isn't behind bars as well. If this incident had happened in the town where I live, I'm sure the 'vigilante' would still have been arrested and charged: but the dealer would have been charged right alongside him.
The real problem in Britain is that far too many criminals are getting away with their crimes. Police are no longer bothering to investigate what they classify as 'minor crimes': indeed, they're so tied up in bureaucratic red tape that they no longer have enough time to fight crime!
The percentage of time spent on paperwork has risen from 18.4 per cent of all officer time in 2005 to 19.7 per cent in 2007.
Meanwhile, the time spent on patrol is down from 15.3 per cent to only 13.6 per cent, according to figures unearthed by Conservative police spokesman David Ruffley.
It is the equivalent of little over 65 minutes of an eight-hour shift being spent on patrol, protecting the public.
It's no wonder that, under such circumstances, ordinary citizens get frustrated, and act on their own.
I don't and can't condone vigilante justice, or people taking the law into their own hands: but the corollary is that the justice system must do so on their behalf. When the justice system itself is broken, there's no other option except vigilante action.
I hope someone has compassion, and releases Mr. Drummond well ahead of the expiration of his sentence. I daresay that if most of us had been in his shoes, we might have done the same thing.