Pram dispute led to death
NEW DETAILS IN FATAL FAMILY FEUD
A MISUNDERSTAND -ING about a pram in a pub led to a fight between a father and son, and a loving mother dying after intervening in the melee, it has been revealed.
Ann Hay, 55, lapsed into a coma after arriving home with her family following the fight outside the Aramac Hotel, north of Barcaldine, on Saturday night.
The small town of about 300 yesterday remained tight- lipped about the incident which has left its community in mourning and disbelief.
It’s understood Mrs Hay’s husband David walk- ed into the hotel and another person commented on a pram that he was pushing, in the lead- up to the fight on Saturday night.
He replied his son Robbie, the father of the child, was not yet there.
It’s understood his son allegedly misunderstood his father’s response to the other patron.
An argument ensued between the father and son before the two fought outside the pub.
Police believe Mrs Hay became involved in the altercation and received a blow or push from one of the men before hitting her head on the ground.
She got up after the fall and went home but then lapsed into a coma and was taken to Barcaldine Hospital, before being flown to Townsville with a brain injury.
Police said there were limited witnesses and no CCTV relating to the incid dent on Saturday night.
Mrs Hay, described as a down- to- earth beautiful person, passed away in Townsville Hospital earlier this week. A post- mortem e examination has been cond ducted but it is understood fu further tests will take place.
Mrs Hay was wellk known in the community fo for her involvement in charity and the local school.
The family are known for their volunteer work in the Harry Redford cattle drive each year, which honours the man known as “Captain Starlight”, who was famous for stealing 1000 cattle from Queensland and taking them to South Australia.
The tragedy has left the Aramac district reeling, with Phyllis Stralow, from Adelong and Coorabah stations, remembering Mrs Hay as someone who was always ready to help others.
‘ She was just one terrific lady. Ann was just one of those people who would drop anything to help someone. The whole district here will feel her loss,” Ms Stralow said.
Police have appealed for anyone who saw the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
COMMUNITY IN SHOCK: Ann Hay, who died after an altercation last Saturday night, her son Robbie ( inset above) and ( right) husband David.
How the Bulletin reported the tragedy this week.