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'Living nightmare' for man cleared over home intruder killing

By Kim Pilling

A man cleared of any wrongdoing after stabbing to death an intruder at his home says he has endured a “living nightmare” and still suffers flashbacks from the incident.

Vincent Cooke (39) was told yesterday he would not face any charges over the fatal stabbing of Raymond Jacob at his detached house in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was satisfied that the courier boss acted in self-defence as he was marched upstairs at knifepoint in the course of a burglary.

Mr Cooke was arrested on suspicion of murder and later released on bail pending further inquiries into the incident on the evening of September 17.

Speaking of his ordeal, he said: “I would like to offer my utmost thanks for all the support the public and media have offered me and my family during this terrible event.

“I am most relieved that the CPS have decided not to charge me with any offence.

“It has been a living nightmare for me and I'm still suffering flashbacks of the incident.

“I would like in due course to be able to thank everyone personally. However, as there is a person awaiting a court hearing concerning this matter, I have been advised not to make any further comments at this time.

“I hope to now be able to get on with my life.”

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