Police charge three over fatal stabbing at Nowra

Homicide Squad detectives have charged three people – including two teenagers – in relation to the alleged fatal stabbing of a man on the South Coast last year.

Just before 4.20am on Tuesday 4 January 2022, emergency services were called to the intersection of Haigh Avenue and Worrigee Street at Nowra, following reports a man suffering a stab wound had been found unconscious.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District attended and commenced CPR; however, he died at hospital a short time later. He has since been formally identified as 51-year-old Michael Kerr.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, with assistance from detectives from the South Coast Police District, established Strike Force Lodder to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Kerr’s death.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives attended Penrith Police Station on Tuesday (24 January 2023) and arrested two teenage boys, both aged 17.

Both teenagers were charged with murder, aggravated robbery with wounding/grievous bodily harm, attempt robbery in company, aggravated enter dwelling with intent knowing people there, and drive conveyance taken without consent of owner.

They were remanded in custody before they appeared at a children’s court yesterday (Wednesday 25 January 2023) and were formally bail refused to next appear on Thursday 23 March 2023.

Then about 7am yesterday (Wednesday 25 January 2023), Homicide Squad detectives – assisted by Raptor Squad officers – executed a search warrant at a home in Warilla, where they arrested a 22-year-old man.

He was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with murder, aggravated robbery with wounding/grievous bodily harm, attempt robbery in company, and drive conveyance taken without consent of owner.

He was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Thursday 26 January 2023).

Police will allege in court the three men entered into a joint criminal enterprise to rob Mr Kerr of cash and a mobile phone, during which he was stabbed.

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