Man charged following series of stabbings

Sunday 7 January 2024 2:46pm – 

Detectives have charged a man with 15 offences following a series of stabbings in Melbourne’s inner-city suburbs overnight. It will be alleged the 31-year-old Melton man stabbed five people in four separate random attacks over a three-hour period.

A 24-year-old was allegedly stabbed outside a King Street burger store about 10pm.

The Melbourne man was taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening leg injury. It’s alleged the man then stabbed a man and woman walking along Dandenong Road in St Kilda East about 11pm.

The 31-year-old St Kilda East woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but is now stable.

The man, a 31-year-old from Glen Waverley, was taken to hospital with a serious arm injury and is now stable

In the third incident, a 31-year-old man was allegedly stabbed on Acland Street in St Kilda about 12.30am.

The English national was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening leg injuries.

The alleged offender was spotted by Protective Services Officers in South Yarra before being arrested by Public Order Response Team members on Powell Street about 1.15am.

He has been charged with:

  • 2 counts of intentionally cause serious injury in circumstances of gross violence
  • 2 counts of recklessly cause serious injury in circumstances of gross violence
  • 5 counts of intentionally cause injury
  • 5 counts of recklessly cause injury
  • 1 count of possess controlled weapon

He will be conveyed from Prahran Police Station to the Custody Centre before a remand hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon / evening.

Detectives were investigating whether a stabbing in Southbank may be linked.

A 28-year-old man was stabbed while walking along City Road, near Kings Way, about 9.20pm.

The Mount Waverley man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his leg and torso.

Detectives have now linked this incident and it forms part of the 15 charges.