An elderly British man cleared in the stabbing death of an armed burglar, is being threatened with revenge by the crook’s friends — and may now never be able to go home, according to new reports.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, and his wife Maureen Osborn-Brooks, 76, are under police guard, and has not returned home since killing seasoned criminal Henry Vincent, 37 last Wednesday, The Guardian reported.
The scrappy senior tussled with Vincent, who police said wielded a screwdriver as a weapon, after finding him in his Hither Green home in southeast London. Osborn-Brooks stabbed the career crook with the screwdriver in the chest, and the he died later at a hospital.
No charges for elderly man who killed burglar
The 78-year-old geezer who stabbed a burglar to death won’t… The geezer was initially arrested on suspicion of murder — to the outrage of his neighbors — but police announced Friday he’d been cleared of wrongdoing.
Vincent, a father of three girls from Kent, was part of a family gang that specialized in scamming the elderly, officials have said.
One of the extended Vincent clan, Bill Vincent, declared on Facebook, “One OAP (old age pensioner) a day keeps your bank balance at bay. The old b—-s deserve everything they get,” the Daily Mail reported.
A former acquaintance of Vincent said the late crook has pals who “won’t rest until they get their revenge” for killing “one of their own.”
“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 home. Anything could happen.”
Richard Osborn-Brooks’s windows have been boarded up and a security camera set up for fear of retaliation — as cops search for Vincent’s accomplice, 28-year-old Billy Jeeves, who is still on the run.
“Richard doesn’t want to go home,” a pal told The UK Sun. “He’s relieved to be in the clear but is not celebrating.”
Family and friends of the burglar also set up a memorial on a fence across the street from the home — before it was found torn down Tuesday morning.
Emotional messages from Vincent’s daughters were the only things left up on the fence.
Many residents said the large tribute, of 20 bouquets of flowers, balloons, cards, ribbon and stuffed animals was “aggressive.”
“It’s a massive, massive display right in front of the house. If the family want to lay flowers, that’s fine but it feels weird. It feels a bit aggressive to be honest,” said a 33-year-old neighbor who didn’t want to be named.
One neighbor said he saw a car circling the block was the memorial was being set up — which he believed was an attempt at intimidation, the BBC reported.
Another local, Theresa Webb said the tribute was “inappropriate” and in “poor taste.”
“I don’t think they should have put it outside his home,” said Nikita Hill, who lives nearby.
A resident who only gave his name as Peter, said he didn’t want the tributes on the fence. “They were climbing the fence and everything yesterday,” he said.
“Will he ever be able to come back and live here?” he asked of his neighbor. “I doubt it. It’s sad.”