No further action after ‘burglar’ death

Image caption Richard Osborn-Brooks had been kept on suspicion of murder

A guy arrested on suspicion of murdering a suspected burglar has been launched without charge.

Richard Osborn-Brooks found out two intruders at his house in South Park Crescent Hither Green, south-east Greater london, on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old was arrested right after Henry Vincent, 37, from Kent, was fatally stabbed during a battle in the kitchen.

The Fulfilled said Mr Osborn-Brooks had been launched and would face no activity.

Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said: “This is really a tragic case for all of those included.

“As anticipated with any incident where somebody has lost their life, the officers carried out a thorough investigation in to the circumstances of the death. ”

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Image caption Henry Vincent was below investigation over a separate burglary concerning another elderly victim

Police said these were called at about 00: 45 BST to the property over reports of the burglary when they found Mr Vincent collapsed in nearby Further Eco-friendly Road.

A see said an accomplice dragged Mister Vincent toward a van prior to leaving him for dead. An additional suspect fled the scene and it is still being hunted by law enforcement.

Analysis, Simon Jones, BBC News

When we glance at the law it is all down to what exactly is considered to be “reasonable force” when somebody is defending their home.

The law was clarified in 2013 to say if it was a highly difficult situation and if someone was within great deal of pressure, then it would not become against the law to act using reasonable pressure.

It’s always debateable exactly what reasonable force actually is. But there is an assumption that if someone came into your house and if you were genuinely scared and you did take some motion, such as we had in this case, then that might be considered reasonable.

Mr Osborn-Brooks happened on suspicion of murder plus released following a consultation between Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Assistance.

His arrest got provoked outcry from neighbours plus an online fundraising campaign.

Det Ch Insp Harding mentioned: “While there might be various forms of controversy about which processes should be utilized in cases such as this, it was important that the particular resident was interviewed by officials under the appropriate legislation; not only for that integrity of our investigation but also to ensure that his personal and legal rights had been protected. ”

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Picture caption Forensic officers check out the drains near the scene within South Park Crescent

In January, Mister Vincent was named and pictured by Kent Police investigating the distraction burglary on a man in the 70s.

Family and friends compensated tribute to him on social media marketing.

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