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Monday, September 26, 2016

Was Phoebe Handsjuk's death an accident?

Coroner Peter White determined that Phoebe Handsjuk's enthusiasm for climbing and physically challenging activity played a part in her decision to climb into a garbage chute in her apartment building and fall 12 storeys (40 metres) to her death.

He believed a high alcohol level combined with the sleeping pill Stilnox found at the autopsy, caused her to enter 'a state similar to that of sleepwalking' and he concluded that her death was an 'accident.'

Had he ruled an 'open finding', police could have persisted with their inquiries but the case was closed and many questions remain unanswered.

But Phoebe didn't die straight away, she crawled around leaving a bloody trail, looking for a way out but her leg was almost completely severed and she bled to death in the dark.

Last night on 60 Minutes, her mother and grandfather - a retired police detective - allege that it's possible her live-in boyfriend, Antony Hampel - the son of a prominent legal family - had something to do with her death.

Broken glass fragments were found on the floor of the apartment as well as blood on a computer keyboard and mouse.

Her family said it was absurd to suggest she could physically climb into the small space unassisted while intoxicated.  "I believe she was put into that chute by someone else" Mrs Handsjuk said.

"It seems to me there was enough evidence to suggest something had gone on in the apartment before she went down the chute.......there could have been an accident, or some sort of confrontation, it might have been a panic situation, I really don't know" she said.

The family want the case reopened but cannot afford to appeal the Coroner's decision.  

How sad when the system rules against you and all it takes is money to find the truth about what really happened to this beautiful 24 year old girl.