Five men facing charges following fatal stabbing of man in Melbourne
Five men have been arrested, with two of them charged with murder, after a man was fatally stabbed in Melbourne last weekend.
Police said Western Australian man Alier Riak, 23, died after being stabbed in Bourke Street in Docklands following reports of an alleged brawl at about 3.20am last Sunday.
Officers said his 26-year-old brother, Kuol Riak, was also seriously injured in the incident.
Police carried out warrants at two homes yesterday morning.
A 19-year-old Derrimut man and a 21-year-old Wollert man were arrested and interviewed by police.
A 21-year-old Tarneit man was arrested in Docklands last night and also interviewed by police.
The Tarneit and Derrimut men were charged with murder, while the Wollert man was charged with affray and violent disorder.
All three faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last night and were remanded in custody.
Another two men were arrested this morning after police executed search warrants.
A 22-year-old Taylors Hill man has since been charged with violent disorder, affray and commit indictable offence while on bail.
He was remanded in custody to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
A 20-year-old Epping man was charged with violent disorder and affray.
He was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Victoria Police Crime Command Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said while Melbourne is “a great city and overwhelmingly a safe city” incidents such as “those we sadly saw last weekend impact all of us”.
“Our thoughts are very much with the Riak family at this time, who are no doubt suffering an immeasurable amount of grief,” Mr Hill said.
“We will continue to ensure all the relevant support services are made available to them.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online.