A shrine to the Hither Green burglar has been created mere yards from the home where he was fatally stabbed by its pensioner owner.
Richard Osborn-Brooks is believed to have confronted the burglars on Wednesday morning at which point one of them armed with a screwdriver forced him into the kitchen, while the other went upstairs.
The apprehended trespasser, now named as Henry Vincent, a career burglar, was later found by paramedics collapsed in the road outside ‘covered in blood’. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead at 3.37am.
Now dozens of flowers have been set up at a nearby fence on the Hither Green property.
Blue balloons adorned with messages such as ‘you’ll be missed and ‘I love you’ were also attached to the shrine.
A card from one of Vincent’s daughters read:
They don’t know what they’re on about, they only know what they read, but I will try my hardest to get people to understand who you really was. [sic]
Sorry dad that I wasn’t with you and tell you that everything was going to be alright, you must have been frightened by yourself.
I’ll stand up for you dad, I won’t let you down ‘cos I know you wouldn’t let me down.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) April 9, 2018
Detectives investigating the case, believe there was a struggle in the kitchen which resulted in the burglar, aged 38, receiving a stab wound in the upper chest, reports The Mirror.
One witness claims he heard ‘moaning and groaning’ before a man, thought to be the burglar, collapsed to the ground. Another man, thought to be his accomplice, was seen trying to pick up the body and put it into a white van but was unsuccessful and fled the scene alone.
— Borneo Sights (@BorneoSights) April 9, 2018
— =;^) (@EvilWrangler) April 9, 2018
Brooks was later arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm which was quickly upgraded to murder before being dismissed.
Osborn-Brooks’ neighbour, Nick Myatt, explained that the suspect lives with his disabled wife who he looks after.
I saw him a few times, he’s a lovely old man and he cares for his wife who I think has dementia or is disabled. He’s a nice man, nice to talk to.
He’s an old man – it’s a shame really. I hope the law sees sense and let’s him off. I don’t think it’s right.
I don’t know his name. I just hope he gets off. One of the police told me it’s definitely him that’s been arrested.
After the fatal stabbing five forensic officers entered the house to gather evidence.
Following Osborn-Brooks arrest there was a huge campaign to have him released without action as most believed he was simply protecting his home and his wife.
In the light of the murder, a traveller friend of Vincent has issued a grave warning to Richard and those close to him.
They’ve set up a shrine outside the house of which a guy tried to rob and then got killed. Tells you all you need to know about the world these days. #hithergreen
— Conor Johnstone (@conorjohnstone5) April 9, 2018
Reading about a ‘shrine’ next to the house where the burglar was stabbed by the home owner. Cards such as ‘one in a million’ & ‘you must have been so scared’. Piss off. Robbing a pensioner at night in their own home. Fucking chavs.
— GPV Hayes (@GaryHayes82) April 9, 2018
A traveller friend of Vincent told MailOnline:
I know that Henry Vincent would have killed the pensioner first if he could have got away with it, but they will act like he’s the victim in all of this,’ he said.
This poor man and his wife won’t be safe going back into their own home. Anything could happen.
They won’t get over a death of one of their own and they won’t rest until they get their revenge against anyone who takes a cherished loved one,’ said the traveller who knew them for many years.
And when I say revenge, I mean they’ll go armed with whatever they’ve got – guns, knives, anything that they can lay their hands on.
Chilling times we live in.
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