On July 16, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m., emergency services were dispatched to the report of an injured man in the front entrance of the Manwin Hotel at 655 Main Street.
On arrival, the man was found in critical condition and was rushed to hospital.
He was subsequently pronounced deceased.
Police identified the victim as John Blaine Flett (50) years of Winnipeg.
The cause of death was not released.
No suspects have been identified.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Flett is the 14th reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all 13 earlier cases.
The Manwin Hotel is known to be frequented by people who live on the fringe, including people with lengthy criminal histories, addiction issues (drugs and alcohol) and mental health issues.
Homicides that occur in this area can be difficult to solve for a number of reasons;
- people living in this culture are often reluctant to cooperate with a police investigation
- its difficult to find coherent, sober witnesses in this area
- potential witnesses who may be willing to cooperate often come with significant credibility issues due to issues with their substance abuse and criminal history
Prosecuting these matters can also be equally difficult for a number of similar reasons including;
- witnesses who frequent these areas are often transient and can be difficult to locate for prosecutions
- when located, these witnesses are often in the grip of serious addictions that impinge on their ability to provide sober, cogent evidence
- witnesses with substance abuse or mental health issues can have a limited ability to recall important details related to the case
A total of 8 of 14 or 57% homicide victims reported this year are believed to be of Indigenous ancestry.
That despite the fact Indigenous people only represent 11% of the urban population in Winnipeg.
A total of 20 of 26 or 77% of perpetrators charged this year are believed to be of Indigenous origin.
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