Police name man who died during burglary of pensioner’s home

Police name man who died during burglary of pensioner’s home

POLICE have identified the man who died during the burglary of a pensioner’s home in London as 37-year-old Henry Vincent from Kent.

Vincent was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 03.37am yesterday morning.

A post-mortem examination has given a provisional cause of death as a stab wound.

The homeowner, named as 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and further arrested on suspicion of murder.

He has been bailed until May pending further enquiries.


Police are also trying to trace the second suspect from the burglary.


Police were called at 12.45am on Wednesday, April 4, by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress and a man injured at an address on South Park Crescent, SE6.

The resident had found two men inside the address and a struggle ensued between him and the men.

It is believed that one of the suspects had a screwdriver and threatened the homeowner with it.

Henry, who was found collapsed in adjacent Further Green Road, suffered a stab wound to the upper body.

The second suspect in the burglary fled the scene prior to police arrival and remains outstanding.


Richard Osborn-Brooks has been released on bail

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, is leading the investigation.

He said: "I would like to speak with anyone who has information regarding the outstanding suspect from the burglary, who is believed to be a white male; he may have told someone what happened at the address.

"It is possible that he fled the scene in a vehicle, possibly a white van, leaving the scene in the direction of Further Green Road.

“Did you see this vehicle? Do you know where it went after this? I ask anyone who can help to call our incident room as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should contact the Incident Room on 020 8721 4205 or call 101 quoting reference CAD214/4Apr.