Coroner probes mother’s death
THREE-and-a-half years after a woman was found dead on Ten Mile Beach, north of Iluka, the search for answers returned to that strip of sand yesterday.
The coronial inquest into the woman's death on January 26 or 27, 2011, was taken to the area surrounding where her body was found on the morning of the 27th.
NSW coroner Michael Barnes was shown four sites - two on the beach, one at Shark Bay and one at the Black Rock camping ground.
The inquest then formally began with a brief session at Grafton Courthouse and will resume this morning when medical evidence will be given.
The inquest is scheduled to run until Friday, with 25 witnesses listed to give evidence.
The woman had camped overnight on the beach with two men, about 1km north of the vehicle access at Shark Bay, following Australia Day celebrations, and was found dead the following morning.
Earlier in the investigation police said they believed alcohol was consumed by the woman and the men, and it is expected the inquiry will establish if that played any part in her death.
Two men were charged in 2011, one with manslaughter and one with being an accessory, but in March 2012 the director of public prosecutions dropped the charges.