Detectives investigating the murder of Gillingham man John O’Donohue have made an arrest in connection with the incident.
Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate working on the investigation have today arrested a 20 year old man from Rochester on suspicion of the supply of a controlled drug and affray. He remains in custody and is assisting police with their enquiries into the incident.
The investigation continues and officers would still like to hear from anyone who has not yet come forward with information.
A Gillingham man who died in hospital after a fail-to-stop road traffic collision has been described as a ‘family man’ and a ‘gentle giant’.
Kent Police was called to the collision in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham on Thursday evening.
John O’Donohue was taken to hospital in London to deal with his injuries and died on Friday afternoon. In a tribute to her son, John’s mum Maise O’Donohue said: ‘John was a gentle giant who lived for his children.
‘He was a loving father, son and grandchild and was a family man first and foremost.’
It is believed the occupants of a green Ford Mondeo Estate were involved in a dispute with John and a friend at the junction with Grange Road. They both walked off down Castlemaine Avenue and were soon followed by the Mondeo, which drove down the road into collision with John.
The other man was unharmed and ran to raise the alarm at a nearby badminton club.
The occupants of the vehicle, described as two dark-skinned men aged in their 20s and wearing casual clothing, ran away. Detectives now believe the two men ran across a park behind the badminton club.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley said, "My team are carrying out a number of enquiries to locate the two suspects. We’re now more confident the two men fled from the scene on foot and ran across the field behind the badminton club.
The incident began at the junction with Grange Road and I would like to appeal to those people that haven’t yet come forward and might have witnessed that argument to come forward and help us with our enquiries."
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man who was left in a critical collision following a fail-to-stop road traffic collision has died in hospital.
Kent Police was called at 8.50pm on Thursday 23 January to the collision in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham.
It is believed the occupants of a green Ford Mondeo Estate were involved in a dispute with two pedestrians at the junction with Grange Road.
The pedestrians, both male, walked off down Castlemaine Avenue.
The Mondeo drove down the road towards them and came into collision with one of the men.
The other was unharmed and ran to raise the alarm at a nearby badminton club.
The occupants of the vehicle, ran away. The victim, John Hedges, 33 from Gillingham, was taken to a London hospital to deal with his injuries and died earlier today.
My team of detectives have been carrying out a number of enquiries throughout the night and into today. We believe there were people who might have seen two groups of men having an argument at the junction with Grange Road. It appears the incident stemmed from that and I’d urge anyone that might have seen or heard what happened just before 8.50pm yesterday, to call us immediately. We are building up a picture of the events of that night and any information witnesses might have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove important in our investigation.’