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Review of killer's psych treatment ordered

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/10/2016

Ross Bremner © NZ Police Ross Bremner Independent psychiatrists will review the treatment received by Ross Bremner before he killed himself and three people, including his mother last week.

The 34-year-old was found dead in a Waikato home on Friday alongside the bodies of Mona Waikoko Tuwhangai , 82, and Maurice Raymond O'Donnell, 72.

He had been on the run since Tuesday night when he killed his mother Clare, 60, and critically injured his father Keith, 64, in a frenzied knife attack at the Otorohanga home he shared with them.

Waikato District Health Board on Monday confirmed Bremner had been a mental health and addiction services client since 2003 but had not been an inpatient since a six-week stay in April 2013.

"As with any serious incident of this nature, and in compliance with nationally agreed best practice, we will be conducting a review of our involvement in this client's case," a DHB spokeswoman said in a statement.

"We will be engaging an independent psychiatrist to head the review and as part of the review we will talk to other providers who helped to support Ross in the community."

The DHB expects the review to take several weeks.

Keith Bremner remains in a critical condition in hospital and is reportedly unaware of the death of his wife and son.

Family of Bremner's other two victims gathered at the property in the Kinohaku settlement as police revealed Bremner may not have known the pair.

Police are trying to reconstruct the events that took place and the movements of Bremner in his Holden Vectra after he attacked his parents.

Police face questions about how they handled the hunt for Bremner and whether the public was warned properly about how dangerous he was.

After the attack on his parents on Tuesday, police took other members of his family to places of safety.

There was no information available to police to indicate where he would go, police have said.

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