OAP who stabbed burglar to death ‘gets threats from traveller gang’February 11, 2019
‘They want to even the score’: OAP, 78, who stabbed burglar to death ‘gets NEW death threats from victim’s ‘hell bent’ traveller gang friends who don’t care that it was self-defence’
- Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, stabbed career criminal Henry Vincent, 37, to death
- Was arrested on suspicion of murder before being told no action would be taken
- Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife, 76, facing fresh threats despite being in hiding
A pensioner who stabbed a career criminal to death when he broke into his home is now facing threats from the burglar’s traveller criminal associates.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, and his wife Maureen fled their house in Hither Green following the death of Henry Vincent, who died of a stab wound after struggling with the homeowner during a break-in.
Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife, who suffers from severe arthritis, were kept under police guard in a safe house after the attack.
But now friends of Vincent are reportedly ‘hell bent’ on avenging his death and have ‘put a price on his head.’
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, was held on suspicion of murder after stabbing the intruder in his home
In April 2018 Mr Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murder before being told that no action would be taken following discussions between the Met Police and Crown Prosecution Service.
Henry Vincent was killed during a break-in in Hither Green in 2018
His house was boarded up and CCTV cameras were installed amid fears the pensioner might be attacked.
It is understood the couple subsequently sold the home where they have lived for more than 20 years in the wake of the death which shocked the nation.
Vincent was a traveller who lived on the Star Lane caravan site in St Mary Cray, Kent.
Now his criminal associates are said to be ‘hell bent’ on revenge.
A source told the Daily Star Mr Osborn-Brooks ‘will have a price on his head for life.’
The source added: ‘They don’t care that it was self defence. They see it as one of their own being killed and they want to even the score.
‘Richard and his wife will have to stay in protective custody for the rest of their lives.’
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Speaking shortly after Vincent died, a family friend said Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife had been told they faced reprisals from associates of the burglar.
The man, who once beat the career criminal in a bare knuckle fight, told MailOnline his relatives are seeking revenge after Mr Osborn-Brooks ‘killed one of their own’.
Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife sold the home where they have lived for more than 20 years in Hither Green (pictured), where Vincent died
The traveller who knew 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.
‘This poor man and his wife won’t be safe going back into their own home. Anything could happen.
‘There is nothing that they won’t do to get their own back on this pensioner for taking Henry from them, even though he broke into the pensioner’s house armed with a screwdriver.
‘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.
‘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.’
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