25 year old Morgan Isles-English, from Teneriffe in suburban Brisbane, was arrested and charged on Monday night after allegedly punching his father in the mouth causing him to smash his head on a concrete. His dad, 53-year-old Mark English who had not seen his son in 4 years has now died from the life-threatening head injuries.
Investigators are considering upgrading the charges to manslaughter as Isles-English was initially charged with grievous bodily harm.
The Brisbane Times reports that the son fled the scene as his father lay unconscious, face down on the street, and was given first aid by his partner Varri Telfer who waited for an ambulance. He was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital suffering life threatening head injuries and was placed in a medically induced coma before later giving up the ghost.
On Tuesday, the young man looked to be in distress at the Brisbane Magistrates Court where he repeatedly hit his head against the glass of the dock.
He called out to a woman thought to be his mother in the public gallery asking about his father’s condition.When she indicated that Mr English was still in a coma, the 25-year-old broke down in tears.
Isles-English reportedly shouted to his mother: “I love you mum” to which she responded with “I love you too.”