Police quiet on Taupo oxygen death

  • 02/02/2016
Police quiet on Taupo oxygen death

Police say they need more time before they can reveal details of a power cut incident which left an oxygen-dependent Taupo woman dead.

Fai Deane, 50, died early died on Saturday morning following a power cut to 630 homes in Rifle Range Rd.

She had been using an oxygen machine to breath, but it is not known if power company Unison Energy had been informed of her machine dependency.

A post-mortem examination has been completed, but Detective Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw says a number of enquiries still need to be made before police can comment further.

"This is a complex inquiry and there are still a number of issues to work through as we piece together the exact circumstances of Fai's tragic death," the officer said.

He said it was understood that the driver of the vehicle which crashed into a power pole in the area prior to Ms Deane's death had collided with or scraped other obstacles in the lead up to the crash.

"These events will form part of the ongoing police investigation," Det Snr Sgt Cranshaw said.

Police were continuing to support Fai's whanau and keep them informed of any progress.

In 2007, Mangere woman Folole Muliaga died when a contractor to Mercury Energy cut the power to her home, where she was using an oxygen machine, because she hadn't paid her bill.

A coroner later found she died as a result of morbid obesity, but the loss of power also played a part in her death. NZN