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Man stabbed to death in 'homophobic' attack

PUBLISHED: 13:51 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

MURDER: Police close road where attack took place.

MURDER: Police close road where attack took place.

A MURDER investigation is underway after a 59-year-old man was killed on his doorstep in a possible homophobic attack. A 56-year-old man, believed to be his partner, is in a critical condition following the incident in Page Heath Villas, off Bickley la

A MURDER investigation is underway after a 59-year-old man was killed on his doorstep in a possible homophobic attack.

A 56-year-old man, believed to be his partner, is in a critical condition following the incident in Page Heath Villas, off Bickley last night. (March 3).

Emergency services were called at around 8.05pm after the 56-year-old staggered to a neighbour's house suffering multiple stab wounds.

He was taken to Kings College Hospital where he remains in intensive care. The 59-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed the men, who are yet to be formally identified, had lived in the maisonette for years.

Police are keen to trace a white man, aged in his 40s, who might have been in the area at the time of the attack but do not know if he is a witness or suspect.

The garden of construction worker Jamie Sergeant, 28, of Homesdale Road, backs on to the victims' house. He said: "I heard the helicopters and two police officers were searching my garden with dogs last night.

"I knew the men by sight. They both had bald heads, one was quite slim and the other quite big. They seemed to keep themselves to themselves."

A police tent is currently erected in the road which is cordoned off to traffic and pedestrians. Forensic scientists arrived on the scene at 10.30am this morning.

The investigation is being led by the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, based at Lewisham.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons said: "We are keeping an open mind regarding a motive for the attack. We have found no evidence of a break in and we are not ruling out that it may have been a homophobic attack.

"The location of the murder is near a busy road in the borough of Bromley. It is largely residential and I would have expected there would still be traffic either going past or from residents arriving home.

"We want to trace a white man, possibly in his 40s, who may have been in the area at the time. At this stage I do not know if he is a witness or a suspect.

"I want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious. Did you see a man running away or a car leaving the scene which may have drawn your attention?"

Mother-of-one Jacqui Bulko, 46, of Tylney Road, said: "I'm horrified that this could happen in an area that I've always thought of as safe and somewhere nice to raise children. It's not something you expect to see. It is too close to home."

Optical advisor Sanchoy Mukherjee, 39, of Langley Gardens, said: "It's terrible. It seems like a nice area but everywhere is getting rough now. Where are we going in this society?"

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

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