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, woke in the early hours on Friday to find two men in his house. He was forced into the kitchen by a man armed with a screwdriver. A struggle broke out and during the commotion, Henry Vincent, 37, was stabbed in the upper body.

He fled the house with his accomplice but collapsed further along the street. He was flown to hospital but died from his injuries. Police arrested Mr Osborn-Brooks on suspicion of murder and questioned him about the incident as a matter of routine. But now officers have revealed that he will not face any further action.

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.’ Police were called at 12:45am on Wednesday, by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress and a man injured at an address on South Park Crescent, Hither Green.

Henry Vincent, 37, from Kent, was then found collapsed on Further Green Road, suffering a stab wound to the upper body. He was taken by paramedics to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.37am.


A post-mortem examination has given a provisional cause of death as a stab wound. Mr Osborn-Brooks suffered bruising to his arms. He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and further arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to a south London police before being bailed. The second suspect in the burglary fled the scene prior to police arrival and remains outstanding.

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.

Posted Date : April 9, 2018
Ref : metro

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