RELEASED TO MEDIA AT 9:40 AM ON MONDAY 24 AUGUST
THE STATES of Jersey Police can confirm that they were notified an alleged assault where a weapon was used, in the area of Belvedere Hill yesterday, (Sunday 23 August) at approximately 17:30 pm.
It is stressed that the alleged victim and the suspect were known to each other, and this was not a stranger assault.
As a result of Police enquiries, a 32 year old man was arrested yesterday approximately an hour after the alleged assault on suspicion of committing a serious assault. He is at Police Headquarters this morning, being interviewed.
A 28 year old man was taken to hospital, and has now had surgery to treat his injuries. He remains in hospital, and indications from the Hospital this morning are that his injuries are not severe.
At the time of the alleged assault, the alleged victim was wearing a yellow Nike T shirt with the logo ˜Just Do It' across the front, and grey jogging bottoms, as well as cream Nike trainers with blue under soles. The alleged suspect was possibly bare chested, and was wearing white shorts. He may have been carrying a black t shirt and a white zip up top.
The exact scene of the alleged assault is in front of the white garage door of a private property of a drive called Belvedere Drive, on Belvedere Hill, and anyone who might have seen the two men together at approximately 17:30 pm or before is asked to come forward and speak to the Police.
CCTV cameras in the area are currently being checked and reviewed.
It is known that before the assault, the alleged victim had been walking from Don Road towards Belvedere Hill, and it is alleged that the two men had met on the hill, before possibly having an argument.
Det Insp Mark Coxshall, who is leading the enquiry said: ˜We would like to stress that this was not a random stranger attack. We believe that the alleged suspect and victim did know each other. Police enquiries into this assault are ongoing, and for that reason, it is essential that we speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, so we can build up a good picture of exactly what happened.
˜We would reassure the public that assaults using a weapon in Jersey are rare, and when they do happen, we take them extremely seriously and investigate them as fully as possible. It is essential that we speak to anyone who can help us, and we would urge anyone with information about this assault to call the criminal investigation department on 612200 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.'
˜We would like to thank our Honorary Police colleagues from St Saviour for their valuable assistance with road closures in the area, which re-opened at 8:35 pm, and we apologise to anyone in the area who was inconvenienced by the closures which were essential in the early stages of this investigation.'
DI Mark Coxshall
The States of Jersey Police
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