Town­ship tight- lipped about fight

Mum’s death still mys­tery

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

A ME­MO­RIAL ser­vice for a gra­zier who died af­ter in­ter­ven­ing in a fight be­tween her hus­band and son is to be held in Ara­mac on Satur­day.

Ann Hay, 55, suf­fered a head in­jury while try­ing to sep­a­rate her hus­band David and son Rob­bie out­side the Ara­mac Ho­tel on July 11.

It is be­lieved she hit her head on the ground but po­lice have been un­able to con­firm what ac­tu­ally hap­pened.

Mrs Hay later lapsed into a coma at home and was taken to Bar­cal­dine Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing flown to Townsville.

She died at Townsville Hos­pi­tal on July 14 and a pri­vate fu­neral ser­vice was held in Townsville on Tues­day.

Af­ter her death, lo­cals re­mem­bered her as some­one who made a “won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion” to the an­nual Harry Red­ford Cat­tle Drive from Lake Dunn to Bowen Downs.

The tight- lipped com­mu­nity has closed ranks, com­pli­cat­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Cen­tral West Dis­trict In­spec­tor Mark Hen­der­son said po­lice were con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and would pre­pare a re­port for the coro­ner.

“It would be nice to bring some clo­sure but no one saw a thing, ap­par­ently,” he said.

An au­topsy proved in­con­clu­sive but foren­sic pathol­o­gists are fur­ther re­view­ing their re­sults and tests.

Insp Hen­der­son said no one had pro­vided any di­rect ev­i­dence of what hap­pened.

“We are still seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from any­one who wit­nessed the fight,” Insp Hen­der­son said. “It is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. It is a small town. But it is im­por­tant to bring the mat­ter to an end.”

Ara­mac lo­cals con­tin­ued to ex­press their shock at Mrs Hay’s death yesterday but re­fused to be named.

“I don’t want my name any­where near it,” one man said. “It is a small town, af­ter all.”

ME­MO­RIAL: The late Ann Hay, and the


from July 16.

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