Coffs/Clarence LAC crime manager Det Insp Cameron Lindsay fronts the media after the victim of a violent assault died in hospital.
Coffs/Clarence LAC crime manager Det Insp Cameron Lindsay fronts the media after the victim of a violent assault died in hospital. Rob Wright

Police arrest two as bashing case becomes murder inquiry

"THIS has become a murder inquiry."

With these words Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay revealed the sad news that the victim of Sunday afternoon's violent assault had died as a result of the injuries received.

Police have arrested and charged two people with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray after the altercation at the intersection of Edgar and Collingwood St.

The 50-year-old man died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said  officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command arrested a 49-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man at Coffs Harbour Police Station on Tuesday around 11am.

The pair was granted conditional bail and will appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court on November 26.

Investigators are hoping to speak to a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

He is described as being about 25 years of age, of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall, and was wearing a dark hooded jumper, jeans and black sunglasses at the time.

While speaking to the person of interest is a major priority for Police, Det Insp Lindsay said Tuesday's arrests was an encouraging step in the right direction.

"Obviously for this kind of offence to have occurred within a suburban street is very concerning for police and we're extremely pleased to be able to arrest and charge two people in relation to their involvement in it," he said.

Investigators have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward and contact Coffs Harbour Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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