Talk of 'no weapons' before fatal stabbing at Auckland party

SAM SWORD/VISUAL MEDIAInspector Kerry Watson says a homicide investigation has been launched after one person died from stab wounds in Auckland on Friday night.

A 21-year-old man was killed in an incident at a party on Blofield Ave, Mt Roskill, on Friday night, while another person was seriously injured.

One woman said she heard fighting in the street before a car arrived and two women tried to get two men inside the vehicle.

The street remained cordoned off on Saturday morning.
Torika ChandraThe street remained cordoned off on Saturday morning.

She said she heard the men mention weapons and talk of a clean fight before more fighting. 

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Armed police at the scene of a double stabbing in Mt Roskill, Auckland.
SAM SWORD / VISUAL MEDIA PRODUCTIONSArmed police at the scene of a double stabbing in Mt Roskill, Auckland.

She called police and ran outside to see one man on the ground being attacked by another. She said she saw a metal object. 

“This kind of thing never happens on this street,” the woman said.

“We didn’t even know there was a party there until we heard it in the news this morning.

Police officers were still at the house on Saturday morning.
Torika ChandraPolice officers were still at the house on Saturday morning.

“It’s tragic.” 

Police were speaking to a number of witnesses and a person of interest, who is assisting with inquiries, a spokesperson said on Saturday morning. 

The party was in a residential street, in a state housing subdivision between Wesley Intermediate School and the south-western motorway.

Neighbours said the house involved had parties on every weekend. 

Another resident said it wasn’t the first time police had been at the house and, earlier this year, two armed officers were outside the front of the property.

The neighbours said they were worried about the safety of their neighbourhood following the stabbing.

Inspector Kerry Watson confirmed the stabbings occurred at a gathering at a house there, late on Friday night.

“Just after 11 o’clock tonight we got numerous calls for assistance from a street in Mt Roskill,” Insp Watson said. “We were told there was a fight occurring.”

The first man was located with critical injuries, and ambulance staff were unable to revive him.

A witness said what appeared to be a body could be seen lying on the road in front of a police car.

Around the corner on Denny Ave, paramedics assisted a person with serious stab wounds. Inspector Watson said the person was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Police communications staff confirmed criminal investigations detectives were investigating the incident in Mt Roskill. Watson described it as “a very large scene cordoned off”.

Officers at the scene had arrested and cuffed a man, a bystander said, though the arrest was not thought to be directly related to the stabbing. 

Police said there were people helping with inquiries, but they appealed for help from any other members of the public who had information or had seen anything.

Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin urged anyone with information that may assist Police to call 09 3026 557 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Sunday Star Times