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IPCA helps investigate Otorohanga search

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/12/2016

The police watchdog will be supervising an investigation into the search for an Otorohanga man who went on the run after stabbing his parents.

Ross Bremner's body was found at a Kinohaku address alongside those of Mona Waikoko Tuwhangai , 82, and Maurice Raymond O'Donnell, 72, on October 7.

Three days earlier, the 34-year-old had killed his 60-year-old mother, Clare, and critically injured his 64-year-old father, Keith, in a knife attack at the Otorohanga home he shared with them.

During those three days police launched a large-scale operation to track Bremner down, with armed officers patrolling the area.

An Independent Police Conduct Authority spokeswoman said police had launched an investigation into some aspects of how the case was handled, but declined to give further details.

The IPCA would be actively overseeing the inquiry, she said.

Police say the deaths have also been referred to the coroner.

They also declined to disclose any specifics about the investigation while it was ongoing.

Bremner was also a mental health patient with Waikato DHB and his treatment is being reviewed by an independent psychiatrist on behalf of the health board.

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