Charge unlikely after fatal injuries

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 12:27 22/01/2013

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The investigation into the death of a Temuka man fatally injured outside a South Canterbury pub seems likely to close without anyone facing criminal charges.

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

Police treated Mr Bellaney's death as suspicious and launched an investigation into events that occurred at the pub on Saturday, November 3.

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

However, investigators have found insufficient evidence to prove whether Mr Bellaney was injured by a deliberate violent act or by an accidental fall, Mid-South Canterbury area police commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said.

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

That night, police were called to the fight at the pub at 8.50pm. Another man and a woman were also injured and were treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

A dispute had occurred between two groups of people earlier in the evening inside the Crown Hotel, police said. A 32-year old man was arrested for assaulting a 33-year-old man in connection with the earlier incident.

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

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