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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004



Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004

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an obvious state of pain, distress and bleeding heavily would have been very distressing. The ultimate death of the Deceased shortly thereafter w ould only have added to the distressing nature of the incident. I think it is quite indicative of the level Mrs Florances distress that she indicated in her evidence that she was then selling her house because of the memories of that very distressing event. No doubt the distressing nature of the events that she observed effects her recall of those events and it is for that reason that I think her evidence is generally not reliable. Overall I think that Mrs F lorances evidence is coloured by her sense of great loss over the death of her very close friend. Her highly emotive claim that no one at the Accident & Emergency Department wanted to know them or do anything for them highlights this. I do not accept her evidence where it conflicts with other more reliable evidence. 87. In all the circumstances, the evidence in the Hospital records and the evidence of Ms Dubois as to the admission time is to be preferred. Ms Dubois logically and systematically explained the Hospita ls procedures. Her evidence was entirely the more objective. The proposition put to Mr Florance to explain the telephone call to Hospital at 2.49am, i.e., that it was to forewarn the Hospital that the Deceased would shortly be attending at Accident & Emergency Department for treatment seems the most likely explanation. This is supported by the fact that the actual admission was approximately 35 minutes later and the Deceased had to travel in from Yarrawonga, a travelling distance consistent with a travel time which would coincide with an arrival at the Hospital at approximately 3.34am. In my view the Hospital has correctly recorded the arrival time. I should add that had I preferred the evidence of Mr and Mrs Florance, then although a comment would be called for, that delay would not in any way have contributed to the untimely death of the Deceased. 88. Mr Florance also gave evidence about a number of other matters. He gave evidence about what occurred in the morning of Wednesday 20 February 36