'Henry Vincent's family and friends should grieve in private and appropriate way', says former detective

'Henry Vincent's family and friends should grieve in private and appropriate way', says former detective

Henry Vincent was killed during a suspected burglary (Credit: Kent Police)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Family and friends of suspected burglar Henry Vincent should be grieving in a "private and appropriate way", says a former detective.

Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, who was arrested after Vincent was stabbed to death during a struggle at the pensioner’s home, has been released without charge and is under police protection.

Vincent's family and friends had created a shrine in his memory outside Osborn-Brooks' home – but that memorial was torn down by angry neighbours.

Former Metropolitan Police detective Peter Bleksley told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I would’ve expected [Vincent's family and friends] to deal with their grief in a more private and appropriate way.

"I personally find [the shrine] in the worst possible place, to be perfectly frank with you."

He added: "If there has been threats made [to Osborn-Brooks]...those threats need to be dealt with if there’s been any breaches of the law.

"If [police] can identify people who are making these threats they can arrest them, charge them and they can face some form of justice for their actions."

Julia also said: "You’re still going to love your husband, your brother, your son, your father or whatever, I understand that."

But "to then seek revenge on the elderly man who was forced into a situation where he took another man’s life, it’s almost adding insult to injury, isn’t it?"

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