Man Charged With Murder After Poole Stabbing

A man's been charged with murder after a stabbing in Poole.

29-year-old Ryan Merna died from stab wounds to his chest - at a flat on Wessex Road on Sunday 14 August.

Paul Taylor, who's 49 and has no fixed address, is due in court on Tuesday 16 August.

The flat's still cordoned off while crime scene investigators examine the scene.

At around 1.35pm on Sunday 14 August officers were called to reports of a disturbance at an address in Wessex Road in the town.

On arrival officers discovered that a man - named by detectives as 29-year-old Ryan Merna of Poole - had sustained serious stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Dorset Police statement said:

'Ryan's family have been informed and are being kept updated by family liaison officers. The coroner has also been notified.

'A post mortem examination held on Monday 15 August 2016 found that Ryan died from stab wounds to his chest and abdomen.

'A murder investigation was launched and is being led by Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

'49-year-old Paul Taylor of no fixed abode has been charged with murder. He is due to appear before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court today.'

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Devoto, of MCIT, said: 

"Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.

"Family liaison officers have updated Ryan's family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"It is also important to stress - as is typical in such circumstances - that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

"Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses who are yet to speak with police, to contact Dorset Police. From our enquiries, we believe both men knew each other.

"Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the area to officer reassurance to the community and can be contacted with any concerns."

A cordon remains in place at the flat while crime scene investigators examine the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 14:195. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

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