Neighbors rallied around the scrappy old-timer facing murder charges for killing a home intruder, saying he was simply defending himself when he allegedly stabbed the much younger man, according to reports.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, was arrested on suspicion of murder charges after encountering two burglars who broke into his home around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in Hither Green in southeast London.
Adam Lake, who lives nearby, said the old-timer was “just protecting himself.”
Elderly man arrested for murder after killing home intruder
A 78-year-old man killed a much younger burglar who broke…
“He doesn’t deserve to be punished for defending himself, and the neighbors that I’ve spoken to all agree that the priority needs to be to support him after everything that he’s been through,” Lake told SkyNews.
Another neighbor, who didn’t want to be named, said Osborn-Brooks “deserves a medal.”
“You cannot break into people’s houses,” the woman said. “This is a pensioner that has worked all his life who wants to live and die quietly.”
Osborn-Brooks tussled with the two robbers before allegedly stabbing one of them, a 37-year-old man, in the chest. The perp was found collapsed on a nearby road and died at a hospital hours later.
The second robber fled — and is being hunted by police.
Osborn-Brooks, who suffered bruises to his arms, was bailed out until early May pending further inquiries, Scotland Yard said.
“The burglars have made a criminal [suspect] of him,” an elderly neighbor told the Independent. “They [the homeowners] were indoors minding their own business and their world has been turned upside down. I feel so sorry for him and his wife.”