PE stab victim dies ‘a hero’

Gareth Wilson

THE devastated family of a Port Elizabeth man stabbed to death while trying to protect his girlfriend from muggers in Central were battling yesterday to come to terms with his “senseless murder”.

Newly qualified gas technician Clyde Byrns, 26, of Kamma Park, bled to death on the pavement near the Engen garage in Rink Street after being stabbed in the neck.

Police patrolling in a van saw the scuffle but arrived seconds too late.

Three people have been arrested.

Byrns and his 28-year-old girlfriend, whose name is being withheld for her protection, were walking in Rink Street at about 10pm on Sunday after withdrawing cash from an ATM when two men and a woman snatched his girlfriend’s handbag.

Byrns was stabbed during a scuffle with one of the muggers. His shattered family hailed him yesterday as a hero for fearlessly taking on the muggers.

Byrns, who moved back to South Africa six years ago after living in the UK for several years, worked at Fennell Gas and Appliances in Newton Park.

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