Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Good Riddance to Him, Says Earlier Victim of Armed Burglar Fatally Stabbed by Pensioner

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Good Riddance to Him, Says Earlier Victim of Armed Burglar Fatally Stabbed by Pensioner

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Byline: Ben Morgan EXCLUSIVE

A VICTIM of the armed burglar who died struggling with a pensioner in a botched break-in at his home today declared: "Good riddance."

Career criminal Henry Vincent, 37, was being hunted by police for an earlier burglary when he died from a stab wound during the confrontation at the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in south-east London on Wednesday.

Vincent was on the Kent Police mostwanted list for a series of burglaries on vulnerable elderly people.

Today, one of his former victims told the Standard how he had been conned by Vincent in a distraction burglary at his home in Farningham, Kent, in November last year.

Cyril Goodearl, 78, today told of his anger after heirlooms including jewellery were stolen from his home in the burglary. The retired aerospace engineer said: "I found out it was the same bloke yesterday and I thought it's a jolly good job. At least we are not keeping him in prison for the rest of his life. Good riddance."

Mr Goodearl told how a woman knocked on his door in apparent distress. He let her in and made her coffee but meanwhile she opened his front door and an accomplice believed to be Henry Vincent stole a red jewellery box from an upstairs bedroom. Mr Goodearl was unaware of the theft for two weeks until police found the stolen box and contacted him.

He said: "I only saw the woman in the house. Then two men pulled up in a van with their hoods up. She got in and they drove away. I only knew the jewellery was gone when police contacted me two weeks later."

Mr Goodearl said the box, still containing his mother's engagement and wedding ring and his father's signet ring, had since been recovered by police and he is waiting for it to be returned.

He backed Mr Osborn-Brooks' alleged actions, saying: "Of course he did the right thing. …

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