Two men stabbed in weekend bar fight

  • Dog House (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Dog House (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A bar was hit with a 24-hour closure order by police after two men were stabbed in a weekend fight.

The move came after officers were called to the Dog House on Front Street, Hamilton, and found a man with apparent stab wounds in the car park across the street.

The injured man was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in a private car, but refused treatment.

A second man, who suffered cuts and apparent stab wounds, was taken to the hospital for treatment and discharged.

A police spokesman said both men were later arrested.

Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said: “The application of licensing powers to close premises is one that must be carefully considered. However, the BPS will act when it is necessary to ascertain the facts of serious disorder and to enable an investigation to take place.

“I am aware of comments from the proprietors of Dog House that the decision to close their establishment was an ‘abuse of power by the BPS’.

“I reject this suggestion when the evidence shows a serious incident of violence took place within their premises and the persons involved are now being considered for charges in consultation with the Department of Public Prosecutions.”

The incident happened about 2.10am on Saturday.

A police spokesman said both men were later arrested.

Mr Corbishley said that video evidence showed that the fight broke out inside the bar.

He added: “It should be noted each of these individuals is well known to police as violent offenders and the 24-hour closure would have prevented the occurrence of any acts of reprisal at that establishment.

“It is also not the first time in recent months that Dog House has come to the attention of the BPS and we have a responsibility with others to ensure the safety of the public when socialising in licensed premises.

“A key part of taking such action is to work with the relevant premises not only to ensure compliance with their licensing responsibilities, but also for them to take action to prevent such matters in the future.”

Mr Corbishley said: “The BPS will support all licensed businesses — however, this must never be at the expense of the personal safety of patrons and the overall need to prevent violence in Bermuda, whether it be on Front Street or within our parish establishments.”

The police spokesman said inquiries into the incident continued and appealed for witnesses.

The Dog House’s Facebook page said the closure order ran from 7pm on Saturday until 7pm on Sunday.

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Published Nov 5, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 1:51 pm)

Two men stabbed in weekend bar fight

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