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Minister on murder: ‘Please help family find justice’

The national security minister last night offered her “sincerest condolences” to the family, loved ones and friends of murdered Duane Gibbons.

Renée Ming said: “This is such a concerning and tragic death and I urge anyone with any knowledge of Mr Gibbons’ murder or any information about his movements or whereabouts prior to his death to please help his family find justice by coming forward and assisting the police with their inquiries.”

Poilice: Murder victim may have been in St George’s

An investigation into the murder of Duane Gibbons is “progressing” and police appealed for witnesses who may have seen the victim walking in the area of St George’s at about midnight on the night of his death.

A spokesman said anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Wendell Thorpe on 717-0752, or Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith on 717-0864.

The public can also call 211, the main police number at 295-0011, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number at 800-8477.

Mr Gibbons died after he was stabbed early on Thursday.

The 57-year-old, from Warwick, was found in the road on Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton Parish, at 2.20am on Thursday.

Police are investigating how he came to be far from home and believe Mr Gibbons was seen by people travelling on the road just before he collapsed.

Ianthia Simmons-Wade, the Progressive Labour Party MP for Warwick North East, said it was the second murder this year in the constituency afterJordan Outerbridge shot dead in April.

She said: “It seems even more senseless in the midst of what this country is going through with people struggling to provide economically and survive with their families.

“We are our brother’s keeper, and if anyone out there has information, however insignificant it could seem, that can help bring closure to this family, that information could bring justice.”

Ms Simmons-Wade said the country needed to take violent crime “even more seriously than we do – every death is a death too many”.

She said the murder had left her at a loss for words.

Ms Simmons-Wade added: “It’s heartbreaking for me. As a mother, you never expect your child to go before you.

“What’s worse is someone has stolen him from you, purposely made the decision to end his life.

“There is somebody who felt they had no recourse but to end somebody’s life. That’s final. There’s nothing you can do to take it back.”

Anyone with information that could help the police inquiry should call 211 or the main police number at 295-0011.