There was nothing for it. I was going to have to offer him protection but what could I do? He is planted directly in the ground and my ESDS (Electric Slug Defence System) does not encompass him. There was only one thing for it. Sunny-D was going to need an ESDS of his own and quick! It was now nearly 7pm so I was going to have to think fast. It only need be temporary until Sunny-D's foliage is too high for slugs to reach (they get dizzy with altitude) so out came the copper tape, soldering iron, rolls of wire and, looking round for the last component, an empty milk carton! I can have this done within the hour and get it in place before dark so Sunny-D will have a night of peace.
At around 2am, while traipsing to the loo in the night (usual at my age) I wondered weather the SDESDS (Sunny-D Electric Slug Defence System) was working. There was nothing for it, I had to check. Thank heaven all the neighbours were in bed asleep. They would think I'd really lost it wandering out into the garden, torch in hand slug hunting. The two ring leaders Cedric Slug and Cyril Slug were over by the beans munching on a poor unprotected weed (probably miffed that the beans were still unreachable) but there was a slug making his way off Sunny-D's carton. I do suspect he had a headache through a zapping from the EP's (Evil Pixies) as he was not in a good mood. The protection was working.
Early next morning (this morning) Sunny-D was the first plant I checked for raid damage and he was fine. Still nursing his wounds from the initial attack but I'm sure it will not hold him back. He will be growing onward and upward again as soon as he gains his second wind. Unless of course the slugs do get their way but not on this home boys turf.