First photo of 'accomplice' in raid where burglar was stabbed to death

Saul Bowman
April 12, 2018

The body of a burglar stabbed to death during a bungled raid on a pensioner's home has been released back to his family by a coroner.

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

Paul Stacey wrote to the Met Police on Twitter saying: "Why are you letting the Vincent family put flowers on a neighbours fence in Hither Green?"

The controversial shrine was then replaced by three women, who fastened bouquets and balloons to the same fence.

Mr Gordon said: "These people are scum bags, scum bags, scum bags".

While supporters of Osborn-Brooks however have labeled the tribute an "insult" the pensioner, other relatives of Vincent have vowed to remove the tributes if they are respected.

The stabbing happened outside a residence in the 100-block of Amanda Avenue in the city's North End around midnight on April 2, police said.

At Southwark Coroners Court today an inquest into Vincent's death was opened by Assistant Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe. They later found out he had fired a round into his own throat "because he didn't want to go to jail", documents said.

Vincent, 37, had served several jail terms for crimes including fraud and burglary. "I think the police made the right decision but the fact they can't protect him isn't right".

"Strangers can say what they like about you, they don't know who you was so I don't care, I knew you and I loved you more than anything in the world". He had to kill someone, how would you feel.

Police had been called to Mr Osborn-Brooks's property at about 00:45 BST on 4 April over reports of a burglary when they found Mr Vincent collapsed in nearby Further Green Road.

Mr Osborn-Brooks and his family have not returned to their house since the burglary and their windows have now been boarded up for fear of reprisals.

An accomplice attempted to drag him towards a van but eventually left, according to a witness.

Scotland Yard officers are still hunting 28-year-old Jeeves, who is wanted on suspicion of aggravated burglary in connection with the incident.

"Police also want to hear from anybody who may have seen his vehicle, a white Vauxhall Astra van with registration GU52 AXT - in the days and hours before and after the burglary.

I think they're scum", she said at the scene on Tuesday.

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