In December 2007, police were called to a home in North Cairns after an anonymous caller reported a person in the area was acting suspiciously.
At the time, officers believed it was an attempted suicide, but a coroner’s inquest later found the deceased had died of asphyxiation.
In November 2009, the Coroner’s Court found a police investigation was flawed and no charges were laid.
During the trial, a witness told the court the deceased’s death was a tragic accident.
“It was a tragedy for her family and her entire community,” Detective Inspector Scott Jones said at the time.
It was not known at the trial whether the deceased was known to police or the coroner’s court.
According to the coroner, it was not until the time of her death that police investigated the matter further.
The coroner ruled there was a failure to provide a safe and proper investigation and said there were no previous criminal records.
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