Sir Chris Chope OBE MP

Man held over fatal stabbing of intruder 'should not have been arrested' says Christchurch MP

Cllr. Chris Chope in Chiristchurch...

 

A PENSIONER who allegedly fatally stabbed an intruder at his home should not have been arrested, Christchurch's MP has said.

Sir Christopher Chope said it was "completely unwarranted" to arrest people in circumstances such as those faced by Richard Osborn-Brooks.

The 78-year-old retiree's detention on suspicion of murdering intruder Henry Vincent, 37, drew widespread condemnation from members of the public.

Nearly 20,000 people signed a petition calling for the probe to be shelved, while more than £7,000 was raised to pay for his legal costs.