Mr Bennell spoke at his home in Denton, Greater Manchester, revealing that he no longer had any family photos of his son.
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what he honestly and instinctively believed was necessary to protect himself and his home."
Mr Flanagan received support from Mr Bennell's father at the time of the incident last month, who said: "I know that things can get out of hand but you're entitled to protect your property.'
He confirmed that his son had been in prison before and was on bail at the time of his death.
The police defended the decision to make the initial arrests.
Peter Flanagan, 59, was arrested on suspicion of murdering John Bennell, 27, last month.
Experts believe the decision has strengthened the rights of homeowners to protect themselves against intruders.
Solicitor Brian Koffman, who specialises in criminal law, said: "It certainly raises the question of whether or not people acting in self defence in their own homes is being looked at differently by prosecutors."
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Mr Bennell died from a knife wound to the chest after four masked men broke into Mr Flanagan's home in Ethel Avenue, Pendlebury, Salford. Mr Flanagan had been due to answer bail on Monday but the Crown Prosecution Service has decided Mr Flanagan acted in self defence and did not break the law.
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"I am satisfied that we provided the full facts of the case to the CPS and I respect their decision."
Chief Supt Kevin Mulligan said: "When presented with the circumstances of that evening, we made the right and proper decision to make the arrests. We had a duty of care to John Bennell's family, the occupants of the house and to the coroner to fully investigate this death to determine whether or not it was a criminal act or one of self defence.
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Police immediately arrested Mr Flanagan and his son, Neil, 27, a former construction boss, and his 21 year old girlfriend, who were later released without charge. Three men have since been charged with aggravated burglary.
Adam Foster, an expert in criminal law from Robert Lizar's solicitors in Moss Side, Manchester, said: "The decision represents acceptance that, despite the fatal consequences, Mr Flanagan's actions were proportionate to the circumstances.
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Asked what he would have done if an intruder had broken into his home, Mr Bennell said: "I would hope to have the guts to protect my property."
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