“Nightmare over”: Case against British father and son who fatally tackled burglar finally archived

The nightmare scenario of prosecution hanging over a British father and son who tackled a burglar in their Vilamoura home, accidentally killing him in a chokehold, has at last been settled.

The Public Ministry has concluded that Trevor and Scott Taylor acted in legitimate self-defence, and even if there was “an excess of means” used in restraining burglar Paulo Brito, this came from the duo’s “fear and fright” and should not be punished.

The Public Ministry’s conclusions will now be passed to a judge in Loulé, but for all intents and purposes, the inquiry has been closed.

The case hit national and international headlines in September 2015. The media spotlight led the Taylor family to go into hiding, and they have never spoken publicly about their ordeal.

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Photo of the Taylor’s luxury home, taken by Sara Alves