Six men including victim’s brother charged with murder of London man, 32, stabbed to death in Bristol street

Six men have been charged with the murder of a man from London stabbed to death in a street in Bristol last month. Aranit Lleshi, 32, died from multiple stab wounds whilst being rushed to hospital after an attack on Bloomfield Road on May 24.

Avon and Somerset Police today announced the charges after an investigation by their Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT). Kastriot Mhillaj, 34, of no fixed address, Rinush Behari, 32, of Bunton Street, Woolwich, Radian Lika, 35, of Watkinson Road, Islington, Brikel Palaj, 32, and Nikola Palaj, 28, of Heavitree Road, Plumstead, have been charged with murder and will appear before Bristol Magistrates Court on Thursday (June 23).

The victim’s brother, Sadik Lleshi, 34, of Culvert Road, Tottenham, will appear before the same court on Friday (June 24) with the same charge. Their family are being supported by specialist family liaison officers.

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The violence stunned Brislington but police reassured locals there was no threat to them

Speaking at the time of the incident, Ch Insp Mike Buck described it as “a shocking and violent act” but reassured Bristolians “we don’t believe there is any ongoing risk to the wider public”. He added: “One man has tragically lost his life and we’ll be prioritising informing his next of kin and giving them the care and support they need at this desperately sad time.”

What happened in Brislington

  • Tuesday, May 24: Officers rushed to the Bloomfield Road area of Brislington after a member of the public reported the late-night disorder shortly before 10am.

  • Police believe the incident involved several people who arrived at the scene in vehicles. One car was left abandoned and has since been recovered for a forensic examination.

  • One man has died: Officers found one man with serious injuries in nearby Runnymead Avenue, and despite being given emergency first aid en route to hospital, he sadly died.

  • Six injured: At least six other men suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were either taken to or self-attended hospital for treatment.

  • Five arrested: All five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

  • ‘Critical incident’: Police declared it a ‘critical incident’ on Wednesday morning but reassured the community there is no danger to the public.

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