Death ruled accidental


When Rotorua man Ian Walter White’s bloody and bruised body was found, police initially treated his death as suspicious, At an inquest into White’s death that occurred on May 3, 2016, Coroner Gordon Matenga found he died from a heart condition.
He heard evidence into Mr White’s death at an inquest in Rotorua last month but reserved his decision and suppressed all details.
That restriction was lifted yesterday when he released his findings into the 58-year-old’s death at his home in Peace Street. Mr Matenga described White as “a man trapped in the clutches of substance addiction”, noting alcohol must have played a contributing factor in his death.
“However, I am satisfied no other person caused the injuries to Mr White or was responsible for his death.” With White’s history of drinking at least a bottle of spirits a day, such an amount wouldn’t have contributed to his death, Mr Matenga said. NZN

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