A murder investigation has been launched after a woman injured in a reported assault in Bournemouth died from her injuries in the early hours of today (22 December). Dorset Police has issued a CCTV image of three witnesses they would like to come forward.
The woman who died has been named as 25-year-old Hayley Wall. She was taken to hospital on 13 December after being found with serious head injuries outside Charminster Supermarket in Charminster Road, Bournemouth at around 10.30pm.
The incident was subsequently linked to an alleged assault at an address in nearby Shelbourne Road and it is believed that Hayley made her way from that address to the supermarket where calls were made to the emergency services.A murder investigation, led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) is now underway.
Christopher Wall, 58 and of Bournemouth, has been charged with wounding with intent and is next due to appear before Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 19 January 2017.
The victim and charged man were known to each other.
A 44-year-old local man, who had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, was released with no further action.
Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of MCIT, said: “Hayley’s family have been informed of this very sad news and our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed or heard the incident in Shelbourne Road to please contact Dorset Police.
“I believe that Hayley left her home in Shelbourne Road and walked to Charminster Road having suffered a head injury. I am keen to speak to three women who cared for Hayley outside the supermarket on Charminster Road between 9pm and 10.30pm before the ambulance arrived.
“I am now issuing a CCTV image of these witnesses and I would ask them to come forward as they may have information that could help our investigation.
“I would also like to speak to anyone else who may have passed Hayley as she walked from Shelbourne Road into Charminster Road during that time.
“A detailed investigation is now underway. I would like to remind members of the public that legal proceedings are active in this case and it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”