Father's death a family tragedy

17:00, Jun 23 2014

The death of an Auckland man following an alleged assault by his son in the main street of Waitara after a tangi has left the family devastated, police say.

Reginald John Bell, 52, died in Middlemore Hospital on March 16 after which his son Brendon Lee Charles Bell, 23, was charged with his manslaughter.

"It's a terrible situation," said the officer in charge of the homicide, Detective Byron Reid of the Waitara CIB.

"They are a really good family. It's a sad case all around. It's affected them tremendously," he said.

Both the father and son, who were from Auckland, were in Waitara to attend a family tangi on March 1, Reid said.

The father suffered a head injury.

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Known as Manny Bell, he was conscious when he was taken to Taranaki Hospital for treatment but his condition deteriorated.

He was transferred to Wellington Hospital for surgery but did not recover.

He was then sent to Middlemore for palliative care and died there on March 16.

The death was due to complications brought on by the head injury, Reid said.

"No-one wins. It's a terrible situation," he said.

After his arrest, Brendon Bell was remanded on bail and will next appear in a High Court case review in New Plymouth through a video link on July 3.

Taranaki Daily News