15 Dec 2009

Evidence over at Bellingham inquest

12:03 pm on 15 December 2009

A coroner in Christchurch has now heard all the evidence in the inquest into the death of Stephen Bellingham, who was shot and killed by a police officer two years ago.

Mr Bellingham, 37, had been smashing cars with a modified golf club and a claw hammer when the police were called.

Fourteen witnesses have given evidence over the past two days, with several saying they saw Mr Bellingham lunge or run at a police officer with the hammer.

The officer, who can be identified only as Officer 'A', subsequently shot Mr Bellingham dead.

Coroner Brant Shortland thanked the Bellingham family for attending the inquest, which at times became very emotional.

His verdict has been reserved.