Man, 78, accused of stabbing burglary suspect released with no further action

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Pensioner, 78, accused of stabbing burglary suspect released with no further action

Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, was arrested on suspicion of murdering Henry Vincent, 37, on Tuesday night.

A pensioner who was arrested after a burglary suspect was fatally stabbed in his home has been released with no further action. 

Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, was arrested on suspicion of murdering Henry Vincent, 37, who was stabbed during the failed burglary in Hither Green, southeast London, on Tuesday night.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: ‘The 78-year-old man was told on Friday, 6 April, that following consultation between the Met and Crown Prosecution Service, no action will be taken.

 

Enterprise News and Pictures 5/4/18 Pic shows: Henry Vincent, 38, who has been identified as the burglar who was stabbed to death by Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, the elderly homeowner who was being questioned by police on suspicion of murder. Mr Osborn-Brooks was forced into his kitchen by one of two men who broke into his home armed with a screwdriver. Police said that while the other suspected home invader was upstairs, a scuffle broke out between Mr Osborn-Brooks and burglar Henry Vincent in the kitchen. During the struggle, the 38-year-old intruder was stabbed in the upper body at the house in Hither Green, south east London. Vincent was taken to hospital but died at 3.37am. Mr Osborn-Brooks, who has been arrested and bailed over the killing, is believed to care for his wife who has dementia or is disabled and a neighbour has described him as

‘Officers have also spoken with the family of Henry Vincent who died following the stabbing on Wednesday, 4 April. They have been informed of the decision and the reasons for it have been explained to them.’

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: ‘This is a tragic case for all of those involved.

‘As expected with any incident where someone has lost their life, my officers carried out a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the death.

‘We have approached the CPS for early investigative advice, as required under the guidance.

Investigation launched after man dies following suspected burglary Metropolitan Police - Apr 04, 2018 11:35 BST Officers from the Met???s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating the death of a man in Lewisham. At 00:45hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, police were called by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green SE6, and a man injured. The 78-year-old resident found two males inside the address. A struggle ensued between one of the males and the homeowner. The man, aged 37, sustained a stab wound to the upper body. London Ambulance Service took the injured male, who was found collapsed in Further Green Road, SE8, to a central London hospital. He was pronounced dead at 03:37hrs.

(Picture: Alexander Crawley 2018)

Investigation launched after man dies following suspected burglary Metropolitan Police - Apr 04, 2018 11:35 BST Officers from the Met???s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating the death of a man in Lewisham. At 00:45hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, police were called by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green SE6, and a man injured. The 78-year-old resident found two males inside the address. A struggle ensued between one of the males and the homeowner. The man, aged 37, sustained a stab wound to the upper body. London Ambulance Service took the injured male, who was found collapsed in Further Green Road, SE8, to a central London hospital. He was pronounced dead at 03:37hrs.

(Picture: Alexander Crawley 2018)

‘We have received and considered that advice, and, at present – on the evidence available – we will not seek a charging decision. Therefore, no further action will be taken against the man.

‘Whilst there might be various forms of debate about which processes should be used in cases such as this, it was important that the resident was interviewed by officers under the appropriate legislation of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act; not only for the integrity of our investigation but also so that his personal and legal rights were protected.

‘There will be an inquest in due course which will further review the circumstances into Mr Vincent’s death in a public forum.

‘Our thoughts remain with the families whose lives have been devastated by these events.’

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