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Dead Hither Green burglar Henry Vincent's alleged accomplice Billy Jeeves jailed for Homebase raid

By KentOnline reporter

A man arrested over a break-in where a burglar was stabbed to death by the homeowner has been jailed for another raid.

Billy Jeeves, 28, fled from a Homebase store in Orpington with more than £800 worth of power tools as the alarm bells rang.

He had denied theft but was convicted following a short trial at Bromley Magistrates' Court.

Billy Jeeves has been jailed for stealing more than £800 worth of power tools from a Homebase store
Billy Jeeves has been jailed for stealing more than £800 worth of power tools from a Homebase store

It is claimed Jeeves was involved in the burglary of a house in Hither Green, south London, on April 4.

Burglar Henry Vincent, who is linked to Swanley, Hextable and Orpington, was stabbed with his own screwdriver by 78-year-old home-owner Richard Osborn-Brooks during the incident.

There were brawls at the traveller's funeral last month.

Jeeves, who is linked to Swanley, Orpington and Cambridge, had been on the run from police after failing to appear in court on December 18.

He was finally arrested after a 16-day manhunt following the Hither Green burglary.

During the October 22 burglary Jeeves was seen running from the Homebase in Orpington, his arms laden with £810 worth of tools as alarm bells rang.

He was with another man who police have been unable to trace, who escaped with £200 in tools.

Henry Vincent died in a botched burglary of a home in Hither Green
Henry Vincent died in a botched burglary of a home in Hither Green

Jeeves was bailed by police on November 20 but skipped bail on December 18 after his mum kicked him out of the family home in Mayfly Close in St Mary Cray.

He admitted skipping police bail, telling judges he was forced to flee because his life was in danger following an ongoing family feud.

Denise Johnson, prosecuting, said: "Due to a long-running family feud he received threats as to his safety.

"Those individuals found where he would be and warned him that there would be consequences."

No separate penalty was handed down for failing to surrender.

A further count of burglary, relating to trespassing at the garden centre, was dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence.

Jeeves denied but was convicted of one count of theft and admitted one count of failing to surrender.

The court was told he has 11 previous convictions between 2008 and 2015 including burglaries of homes.

He was jailed for eight weeks.

Regarding the Hither Green burglary, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: "He was arrested on suspicion of one count of aggravated burglary, one count of burglary, two counts of theft and possession of a controlled substance.

"He was taken into custody at a Kent police station and interviewed for all matters.

"He has now been released under investigation."

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