Man charged with murder over stabbing death of ‘good kid’ in St Kilda

Jack Paynter, Aneeka Simonis and Genevieve AlisonNCA NewsWire
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Murder charges have been laid over the stabbing death of a young man in St Kilda.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said the 24-year-old Brunswick East man had ventured down to St Kilda beach in the area near the lifesaving club when he got into an altercation with a man from a larger group just after 11pm on October 27.

He said the victim appeared to have been there by himself for no other reason than to be at the beach on a warm night.

“He was initially taken to hospital where he stayed overnight on life support and died sadly the next morning at about 10am.”

Craigieburn man Duldong Deng was on Friday charged with murder.

Appearing in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court shortly after 3pm on November 5, the 23-year-old made no application for bail and will remain behind bars until March 3 when his matter returns to court.

Investigators said the victim was a good kid with no criminal record.

The stabbing occurred days before youths unleashed chaos in St Kilda.

A man was stabbed and innocent victims carjacked amid wild scenes posted on social media.

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Camera IconDetective Inspector Andrew Stamper said anyone with footage of the incident should contact police. David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

Inspector Stamper said police hadn’t yet determined the cause of the alleged altercation.

He said the victim had never had any trouble with the police before and appeared to be a “good young kid”.

He said most people at the beach were young and there “was some level of intoxication”.

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Camera IconThe man was found near the beach in St. Kilda with critical injuries. Jake Nowakowski Credit: News Corp Australia

“We are mindful there were a lot of people around that night, it was very busy down there.

“The chances are that people would have been filming. We would want them to come forward if anyone might have filming of … that area about 11.15pm on Wednesday night.”

Inspector Stamper said the group of men were of African appearance, and CCTV cameras in St Kilda had captured footage of the alleged fatal attack.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Originally published as Man charged with murder over stabbing death of ‘good kid’ in St Kilda

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