The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) launched an appeal for witnesses to come forward today, following an early morning assault that left a 33-year-old man “fighting for his life” in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Police say the incident occurred between 1:30am to 2am this morning (June 21), when the victim was “set upon by a group of men” in the Scotts Hill Road and Cricket Lane area in Sandys, while walking in the area.

Speaking at a news conference this afternoon, Detective Sergeant Jason Smith described the young man’s condition as “grave” as the victim suffered injuries that led to “serious medical conditions” as a result of being assaulted. 

“This young man is fighting for his life,” he said.

“The BPS is aware that he was set upon by a group of men in that area…and after the assault he was taken to his residence on East Dale Lane.

“This investigation has now become a serious crime investigation and we today are making an appeal to members of the public, in particular those persons in our community in the who [was at]Cricket Lane/Scotts Hill Road area approximately 1:30am and 2am on Monday.”

The victim was able to escape when an acquaintance arrived on the scene in a car, he added.

He also noted that the initial report said there was an accident which the young man was thought to have been involved in – reportedly with a car overturned on him.

“Subsequent investigations have revealed that that is not the case.” But Mr Smith said the majority of his injuries were “a direct result of being assaulted”.

“It was not a firearm incident,” he added.

At this stage he said it was still too early to say whether or not the attack was gang related.

And he appealed to “those persons who might have been at the Somerset Cricket Club prior to 1.30am and anyone who was there” to come forward.

“As we understand it, there was a party taking place at the parking lot of the Somerset Cricket Club – anyone who was there who might have seen any activity – any signs of a disturbance, any signs of a fight to please make contact with us, so that we can work to see that justice is served and those responsible are held accountable.”

Anyone with any information about the attack should call 717 0864 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 800 8477.