Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009
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The deceaseds mother is Katrina Nabaltjari Jingo and his father is Kevin Forbes. 5. RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATH Kunmanara Forbes was born on 10 November 1991 in Alice Springs to Katrina Jingo and Kevin Forbes (now deceased). She usually lived at Mutitjulu community with her mother. However, as is not unusual for Aboriginal people in Central Australia, she moved around a lot, particularly during the last year of her life. During 2006 she lived, variously, at Areyonga, Ernabella, 5 Mile Outstation (near Hermannsberg/Ntaria), Nyrripi, Alice Springs town camps, and Mutitjulu. Records of NT government schools and the relevant college at Yulara have been searched and it appears from those searches (and consistently with her itinerant lifestyle) that she did not attend school at all during 2006 when she was 14. 12. ( 13. For about a month prior to her death she had been living in Mutitjulu. On the morning of 15 December 2006 she had an argument with her mother over cigarettes or money for cigarettes. It led to a physical fight although neither was injured. She was seen running into bushland holding an electrical cord. Some attempts were made by family to look for her before they contacted police, several hours later. Later that day she was found by family members hanging from a tree by the power cord. Nurses were on the scene very shortly afterwards but they found no signs of life. A post-mortem examination was carried out by Dr Sinton on 20 December 2006, and the cause of death found to be hanging. A toxicology report records that no drugs were detected in a body cavity fluid test. A small alcohol reading was detected but as this was in body cavity fluid (rather than a blood test) it is not necessarily indicative of alcohol consumption prior to death. \ 14. The police investigation into the immediate circumstances of her death has satisfied me that no other person was involved in her death. In light of the evidence of an earlier suicide attempt by the same means (hanging), 5