Man stabbed to death named by police
Police today named the man who died after a stabbing incident at the weekend.
Daunte Woods, 27, was stabbed in the chest in a fight near Somerset Cricket Club and was later pronounced dead by doctors at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
Detective Sergeant Jason Smith said that the incident, which also led to a 20-year-old man being stabbed in the stomach, was the result of a “disturbance” that broke out at a party at the club.
He added: “Our inquiries have identified that there was some disturbance that happened inside of the club that spilt out onto the lower porch of the club that overlooks the cricket field.
“That disturbance of some sort moved from the porch into the lower parking lot of the cricket club, out onto the main road – Cricket Lane, or the lane gate of Somerset Cricket Club – and it eventually ended on Somerset Road.”
The death marked the sixth murder of the year – four stabbings and two shootings.
Mr Woods was found outside a warehouse used by Bo’s Lawn Shop around 2.20am on Sunday after police were alerted to the incident.
Mr Smith said that a total of five people were believed to have been involved in the fight that led to the death.
He added that the 20-year-old was being treated at the hospital for his injuries.
Police said it was believed the three other men involved suffered less serious injuries.
Mr Smith said that one of the five men was in police custody, but did not confirm if that was the injured 20-year-old.
He added that police wanted to trace the other men involved in the incident.
Mr Smith said: “Our inquiries into that matter are continuing and we are appealing to those members of our community who were at the club during the party and who witnessed what took place to please make contact with us.”
He added that officers believed that the incident may have been captured on bystanders’ mobile phones and appealed to anyone with footage to hand it over to police.
Mr Smith said that a shooting incident that left two men with gunshot wounds on Pembroke Park Lane, Pembroke on Friday night was thought to be gang-related.
Mr Smith said the shooting was carried out by a lone gunman on a dark coloured motorcycle who fled east on St John’s Road towards hardware store Gorham’s.
The suspect was said to be 5ft 8in tall, of slim to medium build and wearing a “fluorescent-type jacket”.
Mr Smith said that the two injured men, both aged in their 20s, were being treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels said that there was a “tragic trend” towards young men carrying knives for protection or as an offensive weapon.
He added it was believed knives had become more popular because of a restricted access to firearms.
Mr Daniels said there had been more than 20 serious stabbing incidents – including wounding and attempted murder – in the last year.
He told the public that police had increased the police presence on the streets and planned to continue “night and day throughout the coming days and weeks”.
Mr Daniels also appealed to people with information on the two incidents to talk to police.
He said: “Without this information it makes it more difficult to resolve these quite serious crimes.
Mr Daniels encouraged the public to ”stand together“ and help police combat violence.
He said people should “responsible and vigilant” and not let themselves become desensitised to violence.
Mr Daniels added: “There’s only a small minority of persons that are committing these acts – if we all stand together as a larger group I think we can remove this and prevent it from destabilising our society.”
Anyone with information that could help the murder inquiry should contact Detective Sergeant Dean Martin on 717-2074.
Anyone with information on the shooting, or who was in the St John’s Road area around 9.15pm on Friday, should contact Detective Inspector Kenten Trott at 717-2345.
People can also contact the independent Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477 to pass on information on an anonymous basis.