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Post mortem inconclusive on death of Middlesbrough dad; further tests to be carried out
THE cause of death of a young father who collapsed after a night out to celebrate the birth of his baby son is still a mystery, police admitted last night.
Benji Bolsenbroek died after a large-scale brawl in the Park Hotel, on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough, in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 6).
At a press conference yesterday Detective Superintendent Rob Donaghy, of Cleveland Police, said a post mortem had proved inconclusive, and a pathologist was carrying out further tests to establish the cause of death.
He said: “Benji’s death is being treated as unexplained.”
The 23-year-old, who lived in Thornaby with his girlfriend Georgina McGuire, was out with a group of about seven friends and family members celebrating the birth of newborn son Kianey.
DS Donaghy said: “Inside the Park Hotel a large scale disturbance took place at around 0020 on Sunday morning and somehow Benji became involved.
“During the incident Benji was assaulted and the involvement of others and the part they played is a major part of my investigation.”
He said the pub was busy when the brawl broke out, and police received calls reporting the disturbance.
“Officers attended shortly afterwards, but by then the pub was quiet,” he said.
Mr Bolsenbroek’s friends had taken him to his mother Rose’s house around the corner on Chelmsford Walk before taking him in a taxi to James Cook University Hospital, where his condition deteriorated rapidly.
“It was staff at James Cook who alerted police as they treated Benji.
“Just minutes later he was dead and that is where this complicated inquiry began.”
He said that Mr Bolsenbroek had facial and body injuries.
DS Donaghy also said he had “clear” CCTV footage of the brawl and was confident those involved would be identified and there would be arrests soon.
He said the victim’s family had experienced a “rollercoaster of emotions” from the birth of baby Kianey to the tragic loss of Mr Bolsenbroek, and that they were struggling to come to terms with events.
Miss McGuire paid tribute to her partner on her Facebook page, saying: “I am numb. I am taking comfort in the fact he got to witness our perfect son enter the world. He was the best dad ever and had so much more to give but he lives on with all of us in Kianey.”
The death is being treated as suspicious or unexplained, rather than as a murder inquiry. An incident room has been set up and anyone with information can call 01642 303202, or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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