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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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118. He found his nephew Joseph asleep on the lounge. He kicked the lounge, woke Joseph and told him to get up and move along. Joseph said "It's only me your nephew, I'm just having a sleep here, what's your problem", Mr Swan said "Don't talk shit just walk away now". 119. Joseph got up. He walked down the hallway and said goodbye to Kwementyaye. She was in her bedroom on her bed. The door was open. 120. As he left he saw Mr Swan in the kitchen still "cracking the shits", slamming chairs while waiting for him to go. Her Death 121. For the next fifteen or so minutes (until 4.17 am) the only information comes from Mr Swan. According to him they had an argument. On sentencing in relation to breaching the DVO (being at the house while intoxicated that night) he told the court through his lawyer that the argument between them was over Joseph being there. 122. At 4.17am he rang "000". In response to the question from the operator, "Okay Nathan tell me exactly what happened" he said, "I dunno, my wife just fell down. She fell on something sharp and she's bleeding and she is drunk". The operator said "Okay I need you to tell me exactly what happened. Did she fall over or did she collapse?" Mr Swan replied, "No she just fell down. I dunno the, yes she fell down". 123. About two minutes later he mentioned to the operator that there was a lot of blood in the bedroom. The operator asked where the blood was coming from. Mr Swan said: "I dunno, I'm trying to figure out how it is all over her jeans. I think she fell on something sharp". 124. Mr Swan later gave other explanations however none of them included Kwementyaye falling down and none of them included her falling on something sharp. None of them included Mr Swan trying to figure out 20

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