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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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On 11 March 2013 Mr Stevenson picked up a metal bar and chased the deceased. At the time her foot was in a cast from a previous assault that until that time had been unreported. Mr Stevenson hit her four times on the head, shoulder and upper body with the metal bar. She had lacerations to the back of her head and her left eyebrow. Again Mr Stevenson was convicted and a DVO was taken out in the deceased's favour for two years. On 3 0 September 2013 the deceased picked up a milk crate and hit Mr Stevenson three times on the head. He lost consciousness and was taken to RDH. The deceased was charged but the matter had not been finalised at the time of her death. On 26 November 2013, the deceased and Mr Stevenson were drinking. Prior to 9.00pm the deceased and Mr Stevenson were heard swearing at each other and then there were sounds heard as if the deceased was being beaten by Mr Stevenson. He was saying, "I'll kill you dead", "you have no one to help you", "you want to get cheeky, fight me back, get up get up come have a go with me". At about 9.45pm Mr Stevenson was seen dragging the deceased by the arm and then stomping on her stomach. Many people in the Community heard the deceased calling out and screaming but no one went to her assistance and no one called the Police. One of the reasons given for why they did not intervene or call the Police was because the deceased and Mr Stevenson were always fighting. In fact many recalled that due to the frequent fighting the deceased was always "busted up". She was found dead the next morning. Mr Stevenson told Police that he punched her "real hard" in the face six to eight times, kicked her in the face and hit her with a stick. He said she was "bleeding like full mad" and screaming for help. He jumped on her face four times and punched her in the stomach very hard. He said he did so because he wanted her to go home with him and she wanted to stay out drinking. That made him angry. 36

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