GWENT Police are appealing for two potential witnesses to come forward as part of the investigation into the death of Ryan O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor died aged 26 following a serious assault on Thursday, June 10 at around 9.05pm on Balfe Road in Newport.

Five teenagers are set to go on trial this December accused of murder and robbery.

They include Lewis Aquilina, 19, of Canton Court in Riverside, Cardiff, Elliot Fiteni, 19, of no fixed address, and Ethan Strickland, 18, of Clos Briallen in Caerau, Cardiff.

Two 17-year-olds, from Cardiff and Caerphilly, cannot be named due to their ages.


They have each been charged with one count of murder and one count of robbery.

Gwent Police are now appealing for two women who were seen in the area at the time to come forward, as they may be able to assist with the murder investigation.

Detective Inspector Laura Bartley said: “We would like to speak to two women who were seen in the area around the time that the assault is believed to have taken place.

“The first woman is described as white, with dark hair tied up and aged in her 30s.

“She was walking a pitbull-type dog at the time, which is described as sandy in colour and is believed to have walked from the direction of the flats near Aberthaw Road and Balfe Road.

“The second woman was wearing a white dress, although no further details about her description are known.

“We want to stress that neither of these women are believed to be suspects but they may hold information which could assist our enquiries.

“If you recognise this description and believe it could be you, you can call 101 or send us a direct message on social media. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously too.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 or send a direct message to Gwent Police via Facebook or Twitter, quoting log reference 2100203630.

Officers are also appealing for who has dashcam footage from Balfe Road, especially of the roundabout and the surrounding area, between 8.45pm and 9.20pm on Thursday, June 10 to get in touch.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 with any details.