Man stabbed to death in Melbourne

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By SJA Jafri

MELBOURNE: A 44-year-old man has been arrested after a man was stabbed to death in West Melbourne.

Police said the stabbing happened inside the grounds of the Flagstaff Crisis Accommodation centre yesterday. The victim, who has not been formally identified, was treated at the scene but has since died.

The alleged attacker was arrested at the scene a short time later and is being questioned.

Police said they were investigating whether the pair knew each other. It is understood the incident happened in the courtyard, where homicide detectives have gathered and cordoned off.

The facility is a statewide crisis service providing accommodation, meals and support for 64 men. The centre includes single bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, lounges, libraries and a communal dining room.

Michael Osborne, 44, lives at the facility and said everyone was kept inside until they were questioned by police. “They locked us all down and questioned everyone. There’s CCTV in there so they’ll end up finding out what goes on anyway,” he said. “I don’t know what happened. Generally it’s a pretty good place. But some people have issues.”

Osborne said it was not surprising there would be an incident with so many people in one building. “Someone’s going to be angry with someone. It’s unbelievable, really,” he said. “If you’ve got any issues you can go see your worker and they’ll help you with anything.”

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