Murder investigation underway after Tooting pensioner dies following burglary


Two men broke into his home on Selkirk Road.


By SWLondoner staff

A murder investigation is underway after a pensioner died following a burglary in his Tooting home.

The 73-year-old man collapsed after two men broke into his Selkirk Road home on Tuesday, threatening him and another occupant.

At 11:45am emergency services were called to the property, where they spoke to the occupants . The man then collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:53.

It is believed the two suspects were seen walking up and down Selkirk Road before banging on the victim’s door.

The door was opened and they pushed their way inside. It is believed they then threatened the occupants and searched the house.

They left on foot with a number of items of property, before turning left into Khama Road towards Garratt Lane and going into the area of Tooting Leisure Centre.

The first suspect is described as black, aged 20-30, about 5ft 10ins and slim. He wore a blue jacket with the hood up.

The second suspect was white and slim with facial hair and wore a light-brown coat.

An incident room has opened at the Homicide and MajorCrime Command under DCI Graeme Gwyn.

DCI Gwyn said: We are appealing foranyone who saw them either in Selkirk Road o rmaking off afterwards to please come forward.

“This was a terrifying incident and tragically the victim then collapsed and died in front of his family and police officers. We are very keen to hear from anyone who has information about what happened or the suspects.”

There have been no arrests at this stage.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later in the week.

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