Man charged with murder after triple stabbing in Colchester

8 October 2019, 07:40

Wellesley Road in Colchester is still cordoned off
Wellesley Road in Colchester is still cordoned off. Picture: Charlotte Sullivan

By Megan White

A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder after three men were stabbed to death in Colchester.

Police were called to reports of a fight in Wellesley Road just after 10.15pm on Saturday, where they found two men dead inside a property and another in a car nearby.

The men found inside the property have been identified as 35-year-old Danny Gibson and 31-year-old Jason Gibson, both from Colchester.

The man found dead inside a car in Hospital Road has been identified by police as 35-year-old Richard Booth, also from Colchester.

Essex Police said 32-year-old Tom Saunders, of Bounstead Road, Colchester, was arrested on Sunday in connection with their deaths.

Police say the incident was not gang or drug related
Police say the incident was not gang or drug related. Picture: Charlotte Sullivan

The force said he was charged in the early hours of Tuesday with three counts of murder and is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court later today.

Post-mortem examinations concluded that the men died of multiple stab wounds.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and a police cordon remains in place in Wellesley Road while specialist teams search 10 areas that are being treated as crime scenes.

Colchester district commander, Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, said: "I want to thank residents for their understanding, patience and co-operation while we continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding these tragic deaths.

Three men were found dead on Wellesley Road
Three men were found dead on Wellesley Road. Picture: Charlotte Sullivan

"This incident has left our community shocked and saddened.

"We are treating it as a targeted and isolated incident.

"Those involved were well known to each other and we do not believe it was linked to any gang-related crime or drug use.

"Colchester is a safe place to live, work and socialise and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure this continues.

"We are carrying out extra patrols in the area and if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to speak to one of my officers."