Mother joins police in appealing for witnesses to Southlands stabbing

Published on March 7, 2016

A young man who was assaulted at a home in the Southlands area of St. John’s was stabbed, police have confirmed.

The 21-year-old remains in hospital with serious injuries after having been stabbed during a party at his home Friday night. Police will not disclose what the weapon may have been, or whether or not they have it.

RNC officers responded to a report of a fight at a house party on Mahogany Drive just before 11 p.m. Friday.

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“Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 21-year-old male had been seriously assaulted and was conveyed to the Health Sciences for those injuries,” RNC Const. Geoff Higdon told members of the media Monday afternoon.

Higdon said police are appealing to witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward — and so is the victim’s mother. Michelle Bailey posted an impassioned plea on Facebook late Sunday, begging anyone who may have witnessed the stabbing to contact the police or her.

“Kids as young as 13 and from all over St. John’s showed up at our home,” she wrote. “Many uninvited … had heard of a party and decided to show up. Many of the kids there know what happened. Many of them watched my son almost die and then ran out and left him for dead.

“Ask your kids where they were Friday night. Beg them to tell the truth. And then beg them to do the right thing and tell what they know. Somebody has to be held accountable for what was done. I understand that in this day and age nobody wants to ‘rat’ and ‘snitch,’ but this is beyond that. These kids need to know that this is not OK.”

Bailey wrote it has been one of the worst weeks of her life, especially knowing how close she came to losing her first-born son.

“Then after the worst was over, to watch him unable to sleep from the pain he was in. It was every parents’ worst nightmare,” she wrote.

Higdon said he hopes the fact that some witnesses may be underage isn’t deterring them from coming forward.

“I would hope it wouldn’t (be a factor) because this is a very serious incident: we have a young man with very serious injuries in hospital recovering from a stabbing,” he said. “I think that would far outweigh someone’s guilt about being at a party consuming a few alcoholic beverages. I think when you consider a provincial statute violation or a criminal offence, people should take a little bit of responsibility for a poor decision if that’s the case, and come forward because it is very important that we get to the bottom of this one.”

At least two young men purporting to have been at the party have offered to share their story with The Telegram, but only if they were paid for it.

At the scene of the party Friday night, one witness told The Telegram the victim had been trying to eject some of the partygoers when the situation turned violent. The witness said it seemed the young man was assaulted with a beer bottle and received a number of wounds to the head, neck and body. Several people were involved, said the witness, who also spoke to police.

Higdon said there have not been any arrests to date, but the RNC’s Major Crime Unit has been following leads and conducting interviews.

“Over the weekend we deployed significant resources to investigate this and we’re going to do everything we can to find a resolution to this,” he said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

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Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Constable Geoff Higdon speaks to members of the media about a stabbing at a house party in the Southlands area of St. John’s Friday night. The 21-year-old male victim is still in hospital.

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