Police have launched investigations into two separate incidents in which two men died after suffering blows in altercations.

On Tuesday, police launched an investigation into the death of Julian Murray of Mahoe, West Kingstown, who died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH), three days after he was reportedly beaten by relatives.

Reports are that the 58-year-old man was involved in an altercation with some relatives on March 23, during which he was beaten.

On Monday, March 27, a concerned citizen took him to the MCMH. Murray died at the MCHM one day later, presumably as a result of injuries he sustained during the altercation.

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Murray’s death comes one day after Brendon Goodgie of Questelles and Hamilton, Bequia died at the Port Elizabeth Hospital around 2:40 p.m., three hours after being knocked unconscious during a fight.

It is alleged that Goodgie, a 59-year-old watchman, was involved in a fight in Port Elizabeth with a 35-year-old labourer of Lower Bay, Bequia around 11:15 a.m.

Reports are that Goodgie stabbed the man in his left hand and the man left the scene, returning with a piece of wood.

He is said to have struck Goodgie across the head, knocking him unconscious.

Goodgie fell into the sea after being knocked unconscious but was fished out of the water and rushed to the Port Elizabeth Hospital.

He died around 2:40 p.m.

The other man allegedly involved in the altercation is said to have fled the scene but was later apprehended by police.

The deaths this week bring the homicide count this year to five.