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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017



Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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91. On 14 September 2014, there was another referral made. The background to it was said to be: "During the evening McCormack was out drinking with friends and on the way home got a phone call from her partner Swan saying he was outside the house -he was intoxicated. Four children were at home inside the house. When McCormack got home she reports Swan was swearing in front of the kids and was drunk, so she locked him out of the house and called police. He began banging on the windows to get back in, and she feared he was going to break the window." 92. Police arrived but were unable to locate him. Kwementyaye said that he was aggressive when he drank but fine when he was sober and would likely return home when he was sober. 93. Many attempts at contact were made through phone calls, texts and visiting the house by support services. When contact was eventually established by the Women's Shelter, Kwementyaye indicated that all was well and the last two weeks had been quiet. 94. Between that point of time and her death there were two further times that Mr Swan was recorded as being violent toward Kwementyaye. Both were in November 2014. 95. On 2 November 2014, Kwementyaye called Police stating that Mr Swan had got into the house and tried to choke her. He was intoxicated and kicked her to the face giving her a fat lip. 96. When Police arrived they found Kwementyaye to be highly emotional and intoxicated. She said she was too upset to talk to Police but would make a report later. She didn't. 97. A week later Police attended at her residence to follow up. Kwementyaye stated that she did not wish the breach DVO or assault to go to court and refused to assist. 16

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