A VULNERABLE man so desperate for water he drank his own urine died after being starved to just six stone by his cruel carers.
Bruce Rangitutia, 55, who had cerebral palsy, could barely walk and weakly cried out “me hungry, me hungry” in his final hours.
His malnourished body was discovered on December 8, 2015, with extensive injuries – including more than 20 rib fractures.
Bruce’s cause of death was given as a bleed on the brain, New Zealand Herald reports.
His remains have now been exhumed after fresh evidence came to light following a police investigation.
Bruce’s two carers – Jovander Raymond Terry, his adopted brother, and his partner Annie Mathews – have this week appeared in court.
They admitted ill-treating a vulnerable adult by failing to feed him and seek medical care over a nearly two-year period.
Bruce came under their care in February 2014 after his mum died and other than being overweight for his height at 11 stone, he was in good health.
Terry was given £200 to look after Bruce, who had spent most of his life in care homes and hospitals suffering with an intellectual disability.
He was attending a day facility, but in January 2015, Terry said he wouldn’t be coming back as he had “toileting issues”.
Three months later, Bruce was rushed to hospital in a coma close to death due to his low blood sugar levels.
He weighed just over 7st and looked like he had come from a “concentration camp” – but his weight loss was blamed on a reaction to medication.
FORCED TO DRINK OWN URINE
Bruce spent a few months in hospital and gained two stone after being put on a high calorie diet before he was due to be moved to a rehabilitation centre.
But the move would have meant Terry wouldn’t be paid so it was blocked and Bruce was instead taking home to his death.
On December 8, the carer rang police up to three hours after he found him dead – with officers horrified to see his “gaunt” appearance.
Terry and Mathews originally denied any harm but in 2017, she changed her statement and said her boyfriend had failed to feed Bruce despite his pleas.
The police statement said: “Both prior to the deceased’s admission to hospital in April 2015 and after his discharge from hospital the defendant Terry would fail to feed the deceased.
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“The deceased would often ask for food and the defendant Terry would refuse to give him any. She [Mathews] acknowledged that she could have told somebody what was happening, but didn’t.
“Mathews told police that at one stage she believed the deceased resorted to drinking his own urine because he was so thirsty.”
Terry and Mathews will be sentenced on July 5.