A concierge who found the body of a Melbourne woman beneath a garbage chute was repeatedly visited by a man claiming her death was a suicide, an inquest has heard.
Phoebe Handsjuk, 24, plunged 12 floors down the chute at a luxury Melbourne apartment complex where she lived with her partner Antony Hampel in December 2010.
Police found she had committed suicide but her family has questioned the competence of their investigation, the opening of the inquest into the death has heard.
Complex concierge Betul Ozulup told the Victorian Coroners Court the page in her logbook for the day Ms Handsjuk died had been mysteriously ripped out.
She said a friend of Mr Hampel also began visiting her every two to three days in the weeks after she had discovered Ms Handsjuk’s body.
The man brought wine and chocolates and told her Ms Handsjuk had been depressed and Mr Hampel had tried everything to help her, Ms Ozulup said.
“He said ‘She couldn’t be saved, she didn’t want to be saved’,” she said.
The man visited her for two weeks until Ms Ozulup told him it was upsetting her, she said.
Counsel assisting the inquest Deborah Siemensma told Coroner Peter White he would be asked to determine if the death was accidental, suicide or whether another person was involved.
Ms Handsjuk was being treated for depression and had traces of alcohol, an anti-depressant and the sleeping pill Stilnox in her system when she died.
Ms Siemensma said the inquest will be told that Stilnox can cause bizarre behaviour such as sleep walking and driving.
But she said the involvement of another person in Ms Handsjuk’s death cannot be totally discounted on the evidence.
Tests had shown it was difficult to climb into the opening of the chute, which was small and one metre from the ground.
“If she was minded to take her life why would she choose such a strange way to do so,” Ms Siemensma said.
The inquest continues.