No charges over Temuka man's fatal injuries

Last updated 05:00 23/01/2013

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The investigation into the death of a Temuka man fatally injured outside a pub seems likely to close without anyone being charged.

Dale Robert Bellaney, 39, died in Christchurch Hospital on November 6 from injuries he suffered outside the Crown Hotel in Temuka just days earlier.

Police treated Mr Bellaney's death as suspicious and investigated what had happened at the pub on November 3, a Saturday.

At the time, police said Mr Bellaney was injured when he became involved in an altercation outside the hotel.

However, investigators had not found enough evidence to decide whether Mr Bellaney's injuries were from a deliberate violent act or an accidental fall, Mid-South Canterbury area police commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said.

Mr Bellaney had had health problems that further clouded the situation, Mr Gaskin said.

That night, police were called to the fight at the pub at 8.50pm.

A dispute between two groups had happened earlier in the evening at the pub. A 32-year-old man was arrested for assault in connection with that incident.

Mr Bellaney's death will be referred to the coroner.

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- The Timaru Herald

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