Published On: Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

Fence falls on robber, Stephen Pope, causing a heart attack and ‘guillotined’ the man

A man was guillotined when a fence fell on the man while attempting to escape a foiled robbery. The latest report states he actually died of a heart attack.

The International Business Times reported details that Stephen Pope, age 34, was attempting to burglarize the Waltham Abbey, Essex home of an 89-year-old widow. Pope was stopped as he tried to escape when a section of a wooden fence he was crawling under and it fell over, landing on the back of the burglar’s neck.

Authorities initially stated the man was “guillotined” by the falling fence, but may have been dropped by Pope’s accomplices. The Sun reports that the two men were reportedly holding up the section of fence but their hold slipped.


“There were three men in the back garden when the house owner came out and started to have a real good go at them,” The Sun added.

The men went to make their escape, the witness said, and two of them held the wooden fence up while the third began to crawl under. “The whole thing came crashing down on the back of his neck,” he observed.

Pope was declared dead at the scene after authorities and an ambulance were called. The thief had a broken neck, but he apparently died of a heart attack,according to the Daily Mail, when the fence fell on him.

The other two men were arrested with their pillowcase full of stolen goods was found next to the lifeless body Pope.

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

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