Relatives of killed Bramhall 'intruder' Raymond Jacob seek answers

Raymond Jacob
Image caption Raymond Jacob previously had a drug problem but had been clean for many years, his family said

The family of a man who was stabbed to death during an alleged burglary have said they are "devastated" by his death.

Raymond Jacob, 37, was stabbed in a struggle at the home of courier boss Vincent Cooke, 39, in Bramhall, Greater Manchester on Saturday.

His family say they want to know how he ended up in the house.

Mr Cooke, 39, was arrested on suspicion of murder following the incident and later bailed pending further inquiries.

The family of Mr Jacob, a known offender, said they were "distressed" at the events and supported the police inquiry to find out what happened.

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police at their request, they said: "Ray has had a drug problem in the past. However, Ray has been clean from drugs for many years and remained out of prison.

"Raymond has made a beautiful home and been hoping in recent weeks to get a full-time job.

"It is still unclear to us why Raymond ended up in this situation."

Mr Cooke was alone at the time incident at the property in Midland Road at 19:50 BST but his wife, Karen, and their 12-year-old son returned during the incident. They were unharmed.

Michael Anthony Thorpe, 33, of Outwood Road, Heald Green, Stockport, was remanded in custody by magistrates on Tuesday charged with aggravated burglary.

He is accused of entering Mr Cooke's house while armed with a knife.

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