Glen Smith was killed, man charged


A 32-year-old man was indicted on charges of stabbing a man who reportedly tried to help victims of domestic violence in the Lake Macquarie area on Sunday.

At around 10:45 a.m., police and emergency services were summoned to Leumeah Place, Bolton Point, after a report on stabbing.

"Good Samaritan" who was 35 years old was treated at the scene by Ambulance NSW paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital. Despite the efforts of the medical staff, he died just before midnight.

That Newcastle Herald identified the victim as Glen Smith, who reportedly died in the arms of his fiancee Michelle Bell.

Detective from the Lake Macquarie Police District and the State Crime Murder Team formed the Larkview Strike Force to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's death.

They began looking for a 32-year-old man who was at home at that time but fled before the police arrived.

The man was arrested at a fast food restaurant in Belmont just before 7pm and taken to the Belmont Police Station, where he was charged with murder, according to the NSW Police.

He was refused a guarantee and will appear in Newcastle's Local Court today.

A man in his 50s previously helped police at the scene and was "expected to be arrested" and taken to the police station, the NSW Police said on Monday. But he was released from detention "awaiting further investigation", a police spokesman told AAP later.

"We have spoken with a number of people attending the meeting, including a man in his 50s, all of whom have provided important information about the incident," Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin said in a statement.

A witness said Bentara he heard someone "really screaming" overnight so he walked down the street and found a man, bleeding and unconscious on the ground, with several stab wounds three or four centimeters wide.

He said that they had tried to resuscitate the injured man while also trying to calm a woman who was "very hysterical".


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