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.
‘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.
‘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.’