University lecturer Steven Moulster relives ammonia ordeal at hands of burglary gang

Daily Echo: Steven Moulster Steven Moulster

“I could have been blinded.”

Those are the words of university lecturer Steven Moulster, who was repeatedly attacked with the corrosive liquid ammonia as he courageously defended his home from a gang of burglars.

One of them almost succeeded in hurling the ammonia into his eyes but he managed to spin round just in time – preventing any damage to his sight.

However, the 50-year-old father of one was punched in the back and struck on the head with a heavy object, possibly a brick, as he struggled with the intruders, who also threatened to stab him.

They eventually fled empty-handed but not before telling him they would return and burn his house down as they ran down the street.

All three burglars were armed with a bottle of ammonia when they targeted Mr Moulster’s split-level bungalow in Hillview Road, Hythe – but the gang got more than they bargained for.

Despite being alone in his property the media technology lecturer at Southampton Solent University decided to make a stand.

He said: “I was working in the garage at about 10pm when I heard footsteps in the bedroom above. I went to have a look and saw someone going through the pockets of a pair of trousers that were on the bed.

“I slammed the kitchen door behind me as a way of confronting him.

“A second man jumped out of the lounge and started pulling on a balaclava as he came down the hall. He threw a load of liquid over me but I managed to turn away and it went down my left arm.

“Had it hit me in the eyes I could have been blinded, albeit temporarily.

“The burglar also threatened to stab me but I never saw a knife and don’t believe he had one.”

Despite being attacked Mr Moulster chased the intruders into his back garden, where they made a second attempt to squirt him with ammonia.

However, he again gave chase and pursued them into the front garden, only to be confronted by the third member of the gang.

He also attacked him with ammonia but the liquid landed on his feet.

Mr Moulster, who escaped with a small abrasion and a slight burning sensation on his skin, added: “Right from the start I thought: ‘I’m not having this in my house’. I’m determined not to be a victim.”

His wife Gwen added: “I’m proud of what Steve did.”

As reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo the police have issued e-fit images of two of the men in a bid to track down the gang. The incident happened on June 18. Anyone with information should call Police Staff Investigator Gerald Larcombe at Lyndhurst police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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11:47am Thu 26 Jun 14

The Phantomerer says...

Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.
Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable. The Phantomerer
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12:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Well done fella i would have used anything that came to hand to defend myself if they got injured so be it , see you in court scum
Well done fella i would have used anything that came to hand to defend myself if they got injured so be it , see you in court scum Woolston ollie
  • Score: 27

12:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

REASONABLE FORCE ! So use what ever you need to defend your home and yourself . And face a jury if required , As I know most people now are getting fed up with the sentencing of any convicted CULPRIT s
REASONABLE FORCE ! So use what ever you need to defend your home and yourself . And face a jury if required , As I know most people now are getting fed up with the sentencing of any convicted CULPRIT s SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 19

2:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.
And the intruders will arm themselves with guns as well, shoot outs would occur and innocent people get killed....what's needed is tougher sentences handed out so these scum will think twice about doing it in the first place. IMHO.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.[/p][/quote]And the intruders will arm themselves with guns as well, shoot outs would occur and innocent people get killed....what's needed is tougher sentences handed out so these scum will think twice about doing it in the first place. IMHO. 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 12

2:27pm Thu 26 Jun 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

P.s I have a nice 5 iron waiting for anyone that crosses my threshold uninvited, and beleive me, I can hit balls a long way!
P.s I have a nice 5 iron waiting for anyone that crosses my threshold uninvited, and beleive me, I can hit balls a long way! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 7

2:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ITPete says...

Magistrates are no longer allowed to deal with guilty parties effectively and the higher courts have gone soft as butter. So much for Justice in society today!
Magistrates are no longer allowed to deal with guilty parties effectively and the higher courts have gone soft as butter. So much for Justice in society today! ITPete
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

The Phantomerer says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
The Phantomerer wrote:
Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.
And the intruders will arm themselves with guns as well, shoot outs would occur and innocent people get killed....what's needed is tougher sentences handed out so these scum will think twice about doing it in the first place. IMHO.
Because being stabbed and/or raped because you are physically weaker than an attacker is preferable to being on an equal footing with an armed assailant.
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.[/p][/quote]And the intruders will arm themselves with guns as well, shoot outs would occur and innocent people get killed....what's needed is tougher sentences handed out so these scum will think twice about doing it in the first place. IMHO.[/p][/quote]Because being stabbed and/or raped because you are physically weaker than an attacker is preferable to being on an equal footing with an armed assailant. The Phantomerer
  • Score: 4

3:08pm Thu 26 Jun 14

The Phantomerer says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
P.s I have a nice 5 iron waiting for anyone that crosses my threshold uninvited, and beleive me, I can hit balls a long way!
But what if the intruders are armed with 5 irons? Or they could have 3 irons, then you would be in a world of hurt - balls flying everywhere.
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: P.s I have a nice 5 iron waiting for anyone that crosses my threshold uninvited, and beleive me, I can hit balls a long way![/p][/quote]But what if the intruders are armed with 5 irons? Or they could have 3 irons, then you would be in a world of hurt - balls flying everywhere. The Phantomerer
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3:47pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Gristy says...

I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation.
What has happened?
Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries
I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation. What has happened? Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries Gristy
  • Score: 2

4:38pm Thu 26 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Gristy wrote:
I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation.
What has happened?
Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries
I blame criminals.
[quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation. What has happened? Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries[/p][/quote]I blame criminals. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 0

8:26pm Thu 26 Jun 14

debs321 says...

Haven't noticed in the daily echos report about the nationality of the **** who did this as we are local to this and they are Eastern Europeans. !! Why no mention ??
Haven't noticed in the daily echos report about the nationality of the **** who did this as we are local to this and they are Eastern Europeans. !! Why no mention ?? debs321
  • Score: 3

9:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

debs321 wrote:
Haven't noticed in the daily echos report about the nationality of the **** who did this as we are local to this and they are Eastern Europeans. !! Why no mention ??
I think it was mentioned in the original post debs
[quote][p][bold]debs321[/bold] wrote: Haven't noticed in the daily echos report about the nationality of the **** who did this as we are local to this and they are Eastern Europeans. !! Why no mention ??[/p][/quote]I think it was mentioned in the original post debs Zexagon
  • Score: 3

9:49pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.
Yep. Just like the US, where there is virtually no crime at all, as we all know.....
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: Another example of why homeowners should be allowed firearms and permitted to use deadly force in such an attack situation; then scum like these would not be around to try their cowardly tactics someone more vulnerable.[/p][/quote]Yep. Just like the US, where there is virtually no crime at all, as we all know..... Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 3

9:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Gristy wrote:
I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation.
What has happened?
Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries
Actually, crime is down. We're living in one of the safest eras in history, but also one with the most information readily available. It only seems like crime is rife because it's reported on continuously.
[quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation. What has happened? Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries[/p][/quote]Actually, crime is down. We're living in one of the safest eras in history, but also one with the most information readily available. It only seems like crime is rife because it's reported on continuously. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

10:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

debs321 says...

Oops thanks zexagon
Oops thanks zexagon debs321
  • Score: 0

4:35am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Gristy wrote:
I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation.
What has happened?
Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries
Actually, crime is down. We're living in one of the safest eras in history, but also one with the most information readily available. It only seems like crime is rife because it's reported on continuously.
Glitch. You can't "subscribe" to items on this website
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation. What has happened? Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries[/p][/quote]Actually, crime is down. We're living in one of the safest eras in history, but also one with the most information readily available. It only seems like crime is rife because it's reported on continuously.[/p][/quote]Glitch. You can't "subscribe" to items on this website Dai Rear
  • Score: -2

4:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Gristy wrote:
I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation.
What has happened?
Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries
Actually, crime is down. We're living in one of the safest eras in history, but also one with the most information readily available. It only seems like crime is rife because it's reported on continuously.
How wonderfully Panglossian Monsieur Bouquet, and you one of the most acerbic commentators on your fellow man.
I'm sure Inspector Noddy will feel his fine work in massaging the figures has been rewarded by the calming of the raging Bucket Bull.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: I just cannot believe just how far England has slipped down the slope of sanity, break down of law and order and general degradation. What has happened? Is the UK ,England in particular, now basically a 3rd World country? I inquire because this sort of behavior is quite common in such countries[/p][/quote]Actually, crime is down. We're living in one of the safest eras in history, but also one with the most information readily available. It only seems like crime is rife because it's reported on continuously.[/p][/quote]How wonderfully Panglossian Monsieur Bouquet, and you one of the most acerbic commentators on your fellow man. I'm sure Inspector Noddy will feel his fine work in massaging the figures has been rewarded by the calming of the raging Bucket Bull. Dai Rear
  • Score: -5

4:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Nor can you remove a quote once you have mistakenly put it on
Nor can you remove a quote once you have mistakenly put it on Dai Rear
  • Score: -2

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