Post by R. Mark Clayton Post by Nightjar Post by Incubus
Just in case anyone wasn't already aware, we don't have the right to defend
ourselves or our property.
We all have a right to defend ourselves, using reasonable force, which
may include lethal force. The fact that he has been arrested suggests
that the police think that he went well beyond what was reasonable.
Probably rather more to do with the deceased being found well outside the house and no sign of the other alleged offender.
Our hearts should bleed (maybe literally) for the poor burglar.
The family of a career criminal killed as he burgled a 78-year-old
pensioner’s home today said he did not deserve to die.
Henry Vincent, 37, was carrying a screwdriver when he forced Richard
Osborn-Brooks into his kitchen while his alleged burglary accomplice
went upstairs. Vincent died of a chest wound after the incident in
Hither Green, southeast London, in the early hours of Tuesday. Police
appealed for information on the second man, who is still at large,
having driven away in a white van.
Mr Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murder after officers were
called to the home he shares with his wife, Maureen, 76. He has been
released on bail.
The family of Vincent, who was on a police most wanted list when he
died, have complained about the release. His cousin, who spoke
anonymously, told the BBC she was angry that the pensioner had been bailed.
She said: “I don’t know what happened in that home. But all I do know is
that my cousin is dead today. The Henry I know, he was such a loving
person, and it’s probably something which just went wrong but he
shouldn’t have died out of it.”
Mr Osborn-Brooks, a retired RAC worker, cares for his wife who,
according to neighbours, suffers from dementia.
One neighbour, Val Barclay, 63, said: “You can’t break into people’s
houses, especially when he’s a carer for his wife and they were in bed.”