Inquest for burglar fatally stabbed by elderly pensioner – National

AN inquest will take place into the death of Henry Vincent, the burglar fatally stabbed by an elderly homeowner.

Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 8:58 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 9:08 am
Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Vincent died from a stab wound inflicted by pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, whose home in Hither Green, south-east London, he was burgling on April 4 last year.

Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released without charge.

The 78-year-old's arrest provoked a public outcry, and an online fundraising campaign in support of the pensioner subsequently raised thousands of pounds.

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After the incident, Vincent's friends and family sparked outrage among locals in the usually quiet neighbourhood by laying flowers and cards opposite the then boarded-up house.

The tributes were repeatedly torn down by neighbours and well-wishers angry that the career criminal was being remembered in such a way.

The inquest will be heard by senior coroner Andrew Harris at London Inner South Coroner's Court from 9.30am on Thursday.