9 Jun 2009

Cause of death of gagged man "unclear"

4:54 pm on 9 June 2009

Police in Nelson say the cause of death of a man who was gagged with duct tape remains unclear.

The tape was wrapped around the man's mouth by a flatmate after a drinking session in a Motueka house on Sunday night.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Tiernan says it was a joke, which had apparently been agreed to by the man, Michael James McGrath, 51.

Police have not ruled out charges, although the death does not appear to be sinister.

Post-mortem results will not be revealed until an inquest is held.