HITHER Green burglar Henry Vincent waved a screwdriver at a pensioner, before being stabbed to death.
Henry Vincent, 37, entered the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks in Hither Green with an accomplice.
Mr Osborn-Brooks, 78, said he was pushed inside by the pair after they knocked on his door.
With the two men in his property, a struggle ensued, resulting in Vincent being stabbed with a screwdriver.
In a recording played at the inquest, Mr Osborn-Brooks revealed he found the burglar downstairs in his property.
He said: “I grabbed that knife out of the knife block and I threatened him with it… he yelled up to his mate ‘he’s got a knife’.
“His mate had a sharp thing in his hand, afterwards I realised it was a screwdriver… I said ‘mine’s bigger than yours’.
“He said ‘come near me and I’ll stab you’.
“He came toward me with the screwdriver… I just put the knife forward.”
Mr Osborn-Brooks can be heard saying: “It went in about four inches.”
Vincent’s cause of death was given as “an incised wound to the chest”.
Pathologist Simon Poole, who carried out the post mortem on Vincent, said in a statement the toxicology report indicated “a recent use of both cocaine and heroin”.
He added Vincent “may have been experiencing the effects” of the drugs at the time of the raid.
Earlier in the inquest, Vincent’s sister claimed he was not a violent man and didn’t deserve to die.
Rosie Vincent said: “My brother was not a violent person. He was a father, he was a son, he was a brother.
“No one deserves to die.”
Asked what she wanted to come out of the proceedings, she replied: “Will we ever truly understand?”
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