Malcolm Robert Bell was rushed to Auckland’s Starship Hospital on 23rd of June with ‘non-accidental’ head injuries. Injuries so serious this little boy died one week later. He was only 16 months old. His death has been ruled a Homicide. A precious little boy who should never have lost his life. Malcolm was one of six children. His five older siblings have all been removed from his mother’s care by Oranga Tamariki.
Sadly, little Malcolm’s death is yet another horrific tragedy; a death that will be represented by our already shameful homicide rate in New Zealand. When did the basic respect for an innocent, vulnerable human life become an absent, thoughtless commodity? Why do those who kill our most innocent victims think they have the RIGHT to do so?
As of March 2019 there were 6400 children and young people under the Care and Protection of the Chief Executive. There were 41,600 assessments and interventions completed after 90, 500 reports of concerns were received. Why are we failing our children so badly that Oranga Tamariki has become the ‘responsibility of care’ for so many of our precious tamariki?
The man who was arrested and charged with Malcolm Bells murder the 24th of July can now be named. Phillip John Welsh (51) was arrested and charged after an extensive Homicide Investigation.
Welsh had interim name suppression after his lawyer David Niven fought for his clients right to a fair trial. Niven said his client has been unfairly linked to William Bell. William Bell is Malcolm Bells maternal uncle. William Bell is the Mt Wellington RSA triple murderer.
Welsh has denied killing Malcolm Bell and was set to appear before Justice Timothy Brewer on Wednesday at the Auckland High Court but was ‘caught in traffic’. Judge Brewer issued a warrant for his arrest. The trial is set for the 24th of August 2020.
Malcolm was only 16 months old when his life was tragically stolen. He did not have a choice, he could not protect himself. Every little child born into this world deserves the right to be loved, to be nurtured, to be safe and to be protected. Every single child.