POLICE ON THE island of Jersey are waiting to question a man suspected of stabbing six people on Sunday.
The man, identified by locals as Damian Rzeszowski, is in hospital after undergoing surgery for knife injuries that witnesses said were self-inflicted.
Detectives in Jersey said that a man, two women and three young children were stabbed to death on Sunday and came from two families.
The Guardian reports that locals said that they believed three of the victims were Izabela Rzeszowska, Damian’s wife, and her daughter Kinga, six, and 18-month-old son, Kasper.
Her father, Marek, friend Marta de la Haye and Marta’s daughter Julia (5) are also believed to have been stabbed.
Some of the victims were stabbed inside the home, some outside.
Neighbours reported hearing screams before the police and an ambulance arrived on the scene.
All of the victims are of Polish origin and the Guardian reports that the Polish community on the island were in mourning after hearing of the deaths.
A Polish service was held at the Catholic Church of Our Lady in St Martins, Jersey, last night, and was attended by mourners.
One neighbour, Bryan Ogesa, said he heard screaming and ran outside to see a man with a knife chasing a woman, and another woman lying on the ground.
He said: “She was responsive, but just mumbling. That’s when the guy started coming towards us. He was mumbling as well.”
Ogesa said he fought the man off with a traffic cone before the attacker turned the knife on himself.
Rzeszowski, who was arrested yesterday, is under guard in a hospital in Jersey.
- Additional reporting by AP