Man dies after Front Street fight

  • Police press conference

A man who died yesterday after sustaining injuries in a fight on Front Street at the weekend has been named by police as Dejon Simmons.

Mr Simmons, 30, was assaulted at about 3.15am on Sunday. He was rushed by ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit until he died yesterday morning.

Chief Inspector Na’imah Astwood said the Bermuda Police Service extended their condolences to his family and friends.

Ms Astwood said she could not comment on the cause of death.

She added: “We are going to be conducting an autopsy, so we can’t say at this time.

“An overseas forensic pathologist is currently in Bermuda and will perform an autopsy.”

She added that a 25-year-old arrested in connection with the incident had been released on police bail before Mr Simmons’s death and had not been charged.

Ms Astwood said: “At that time we were unsure of how his injuries would play out.

“However, I would like to mention that he has been on police bail and he has got an electronic monitoring device so we are aware of his movements.

She added: “I don’t want to say what we are going to do but it is important that we have focus and direction when we deal with investigations and we have all information at our hands before we make decisions when it comes to charge approval, which ultimately lies with the Department of Public Prosecutions.”

Ms Astwood called on witnesses with any footage or photographs of the incident, which took place near the Cosmopolitan nightclub on Front Street to contact police or the Crimestoppers hotline.

She said: “We know that there were copious amounts of people in the area at the time and we also know that typically in these types of situations people often bring out their phones to take footage and to take images.”

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