LOCAL NEWS: Man charged with murder of 20-year-old Kai Archer


Detectives investigating the death of Kai Archer in Bournemouth have charged an 18-year-old man with his murder.

On Saturday 16th November, emergency services were called to St Swithun’s Road after reports of a man having sustained stab wounds to his chest. The man, later named as local man Kai Joshua Archer, was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

Detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) arrested Jamie Frank Higgs, 18, earlier this week on suspicion of murder. He has now been charged with murder and appeared at Poole Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing today.

It has since been revealed that both the victim and the man charged knew each other.

Detective Chief Inspector Rich Dixey, of MCIT, said: “Family liaison officers have updated Kai’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“This remains an ongoing investigation and it is important to stress – as is usual in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the court proceedings. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“We would also urge members of the public to exercise caution when making any comments on social media and online to avoid the potential for prejudicing the impending proceedings.”

A 17-year-old Bournemouth boy arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.



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