Jersey: Three Children Among Six Dead In House Stabbing

15 Aug

NEWS UPDATE:

The man suspected of killing six people, including his wife and two children, in Jersey has been named locally as Damian Rzeszowski.

The victims are believed to include his wife, named as Izabela Rzeszowska, their two young children, his father-in-law and two family friends. 

They were all stabbed to death in St Helier on Sunday afternoon.

Friends of the family named the suspect, 30, during a church service near to the spot where the attacks took place.

Detectives are waiting to question Rzeszowski in hospital, where he is in a serious but stable condition after surgery.

He has been formally arrested in his hospital bed and is currently under armed guard.

Police have confirmed that he and the victims were all of Polish origin and the victims were from two families.

Izabela had posted a heartfelt message written in Polish on her Facebook page on July 21.

Translated, it reads: “I love you more than life, holding each other’s hands we’ll overcome everything because you are my life, my faith, my humbleness and above all my other half.”

Neighbours claim Rzeszowski had been suffering from depression and was recently in hospital for treatment, Sky crime correspondent Martin Brunt said.

Brunt added that the family had only returned from Poland in the last day or so.

Police have yet to formally identify the victims and it is still unclear what led up to the attack.

Family friend Marlena Bartus, who was at the church service on Monday night, described them as “almost the perfect family”.

“They were a lovely family, lovely kids… The children loved playing with their Mega Bloks and he used to push them in a trailer. The way we had seen him, he was a really good father.”

Her husband Jakub added: “It is so sad, this is something that should not happen. There are lots of questions that need to be answered.

“It’s such a tragedy. I can’t understand why the kids were involved. This is not about them, they are innocent.”

Mrs Bartus said she believed the boy was aged about two and the daughter was about five or six.

Neighbours have claimed the attack spilled from a flat in St Helier onto the street on Sunday afternoon.

A neighbour, who would only give his first name of John, said he had run from his garden nearby when he heard a woman screaming.

“She shouted: ‘please help me, please God help me’,” he said.

Mike Bowron, chief officer for Jersey Police, has called for local communities to remain “dignified and calm”.

“Jersey is an incredibly safe place, one of the safest in the western world, and incidents of this nature are exceptionally rare,” he said.

“It makes such a tragedy even more difficult for people to come to terms with.”

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Police on Jersey have said the suspect in a stabbing which left six people dead was related to four of the victims. 

All six victims and the suspect are of Polish origin, Sky News has learned.

The Polish Embassy in London said the victims were from two families and included three children.

The first family – a mother, her six-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son, and the woman’s father – were described as Polish citizens.

The second, a mother and daughter, were said to be of mixed Polish and Jersey citizenship.

A Home Office pathologist has arrived on the island to carry out post-mortem examinations, although police said they would not be completed for several days.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, is under arrest at Jersey General Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition after surgery.

The embassy confirmed he is also Polish.

A spokesman said consular officers were in “permanent contact” with Jersey Police, and working to provide support to the victims’ families in Poland.

A Polish Mass was held at the St Thomas’ Catholic Church in St Helier last night, where the Island’s Catholic Dean Monsignor Nicholas France said worshippers were shocked and bewildered.

The States of Jersey Police Chief, Officer Mike Bowron, has asked residents to remain “calm and dignified” to allow police to continue with their investigation.

“It will take time to piece together all the evidence, information and witness statements to establish exactly the course of events,” he said.

“I would ask that people understand that pressure and recognise that there will be no instant answers or results.”

“Inevitably, perhaps, such an incident will raise tensions locally.

“I would appeal to everyone to remain calm and dignified and allow my officers to continue with what is a complex, demanding and difficult investigation.”

The alarm was raised just after 3pm by a member of the public reporting a multiple stabbing at a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, St Helier.

The hospital’s emergency department was closed for more than two hours due to the volume of victims being admitted, and staff were called in on days off to help stretched colleagues.

At the scene, witness Andre Thorpe said: “I saw police come running out with a child, it was a small child. I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance.

“When the paramedic came back her shirt was covered in blood. We have quick response ambulance cars and two pulled up, grabbed a kit and ran inside.”

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Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that all the victims of yesterday’s stabbings on Jersey were of Polish origin, including four from one family.

Six people including two children, died in the knife attack at a flat in St Helier.

The suspected attacker has also been confirmed as Polish. A man (30) was in police custody at Jersey General Hospital where he is also recovering from surgery following the incident at about 3pm in a residential area close to the town centre.

Jersey police said that officers were called to a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, St Helier, after 3pm following reports of a multiple stabbing.

The area around where the incident occurred was sealed off while a major incident room was set up at police headquarters in St Helier.

A witness at the scene said he believed all the victims were members of the same family, and that two ambulances arrived at the scene,.

“Then four or five police vehicles came. They were trying to access a private house in the crescent. It was an old Victorian terrace, a lot of them are split into flats.

“I saw police come running out with a child, it was a small child, I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance. When the paramedic came back her shirt was covered in blood,” he said.

He added that the area where the violent incident happened was quite secluded and not on a main road.

Jersey’s chief minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said: “I was deeply saddened and shocked by yesterday’s tragic events and I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and relatives of those involved.

“I have every confidence in the ability and professionalism of our police force in handling this investigation. We must now avoid speculation and allow them to continue with this important work,” he said.

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British police officer attends the scene after six people were killed in a knife attack, Sunday Aug. 14, 2011, in St Helier, Jersey, England. A man is reported to have been arrested Sunday on suspicion of fatally stabbing six people, including two young children, two men and two women, on the British island of Jersey, police said, and unidentified neighbors declared that the incident may have involved members of the same family. (AP Photo / Ian Le Sueur, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

British police officer attends the scene after six people were killed in a knife …

LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stabbing six people to death, including three children, on the British island of Jersey in what was the deadliest crime in the community’s living memory, police said.

Neighbors said the victims were members of the same family. The dead, all Jersey residents, were a man, two women and three children, police said.

Some were stabbed inside their home, others outside the property, which is located on a relatively secluded side street. The 30-year-old suspect, who was not identified, also sustained unspecified injuries that were not life-threatening. Police said they were questioning him at his hospital bed.

Neighbors said they thought at least some of the victims were Polish. One witness, Andre Thorpe, said he saw police running around the property trying to gain access, then paramedics carrying a bloodied child from the scene.

Police Det. Superintendent Stewart Gull, who is leading the investigation, said his officers had yet to establish the victims’ ages and the circumstances of the attack. He said the crime had shocked everyone.

“It goes without saying that when you are dealing with multiple deaths, of men and women and, in particular young children, you would be inhuman not to be shaken yourself,” he said.

Violent crime is unusual and murder rare on Jersey, a British island dependency 14 miles (22 kilometers) west of France’s Normandy peninsula. The largest of Britain’s Channel Islands has a police force of 236 officers to protect about 92,500 residents, many of them tax exiles.

“Jersey is an incredibly safe island, probably one of the safest places in the Western world,” Gull said.

Several police and Jersey media officials said they couldn’t recall the last murder on the island. An Associated Press search found it occurred in March 2004, when a 19-year-old man originally from Northern Ireland tried to rape, then kicked to death, a 35-year-old nurse outside her home. It was the first murder in Jersey since the 1970s.

In their 2010 annual report, the Jersey police recorded 4,554 crimes, mostly theft and fraud. There were 83 physical assaults, 14 rapes and one kidnapping. No businesses were robbed. Three people were killed and 65 injured in car accidents.

THREE CHILDREN AMONG SIX DEAD IN HOUSE STABBING

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Three children are among six people who have been killed in a knife attack at a house on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Two women and a man also died in the attack, described by police as one of the deadliest crimes to hit the community.

But police could not confirm reports that they were all from the same family.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is in police custody in hospital after undergoing surgery.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident however they have launched a murder investigation.

Some of the attacks took place inside the flat on Victoria Crescent, near Upper Midvale Road – and some on the street.

One witness told reporters he saw a paramedic come running out of the flat holding a small child which was taken to hospital.

Police say they have not yet established the identity of the victims and are appealing for witnesses.

Stewart Gull of Jersey police said the incident had “shaken the force”.

“It goes without saying that when you are dealing with multiple deaths, of men and women and, in particular young children, you would be inhuman not to be shaken yourself,” he said.

He added that violent crime is unusual and murder rare on Jersey, which is the largest of Britain’s Channel islands.

“Jersey is an incredibly safe island, probably one of the safest places in the Western world,” he said.

The last murder to take place on the island was in March 2004, when a 19-year-old man 

Staff at Jersey’s hospital were called in on their day off to help with the incident.

UPDATE: ADDITION: LONDON: DOUBLE STABBING:

Two people found stabbed to death at a house near Heathrow airport have been named by police, as a man was remanded in custody accused of their murders.

A police cordon in New Road, Harlington, west London, where the bodies were found earlier this week

Alice Adams and Tibor Vass, both 20, were found at the property in Harlington, west London – near the Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel where they both worked.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Attila Ban, 31, a Hungarian national, of New Road, Harlington, was remanded in custody when he appeared at West London Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Police found the bodies of Ms Adams, from Buckinghamshire, and Mr Vass, a Hungarian national, on Wednesday.

Ban was arrested in Harlington on Friday after receiving treatment for wrist and neck injuries at a west London hospital.

He will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Ms Adams, Mr Vass and Ban all worked as receptionists at the hotel.

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