find my iphoneApple’s Find My iPhone feature is used to help iPhone users locate their lost devices in the event that they misplaced it or it has been stolen. In the past we’ve heard some pretty interesting stories of how the feature was used and how the police ended up finding more than they should. Those are pretty happy stories where it works out well for everyone (except the thieves), but a recent report has decided to flip it on its head.

According to the report, a man in the UK was recently charged with murder after he used the Find My iPhone feature to track down the man responsible for stealing his son’s iPhone at knifepoint. Derek Grant, the father, tracked down the man who stole the phone and demanded for it back.

However the thug pulled a knife on him and blinded him in one eye. According to Grant, this was what caused him to act in self-defense by pulling out his own knife where he repeatedly stabbed the thief. Surprisingly the thief survived and was found later and taken to a hospital where he died of cardiac arrest.

Grant has since pleased to culpable homicide at the High Court in Glasgow and in a statement he made to the court, “I wish to declare for the record that at the time of this ­incident, I was acting in self-defense.” He is currently awaiting sentencing in September. Pretty tragic stuff, huh?

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