A Queensland coroner has cleared a man of involvement in the death of a woman who fell to her death from a fourth-floor hotel balcony.
The last person to see a woman alive before she fell from a Queensland hotel balcony was not involved in her death, a coroner has found.
Mother-of-four Deborah Lee Humm died instantly after plunging from a fourth-floor balcony at a Cairns hotel in May 2013.
Following an inquest in Cairns this week, Coroner Jane Bentley concluded Ms Humm had taken her own life.
A man, who had been staying at the hotel with Ms Humm and who gave evidence at the inquest, was cleared of any involvement.
“There is no evidence that (the man) pushed Ms Humm from the balcony,” Ms Bentley said in her findings, published this week.
Ms Humm and the man spent the afternoon of May 14, 2013, drinking at a central Cairns bar before returning to their hotel room at 10.13pm.
The woman’s body was found in the stairwell below the hotel room balcony about eight minutes later.
Ms Humm and the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had argued moments before.
The man told the inquest he went to use the toilet and when he walked out of the bathroom, he found Ms Humm was missing.
Witnesses recall hearing Ms Humm yell “Go ahead” three times before she fell.
Ms Bentley said the woman had been depressed about her health and financial situation, and was distressed about a future eye operation.
She was also having relationship problems.
Ms Bentley also noted the woman was highly intoxicated at the time, which adversely affected her decision making.
She ruled out the possibility the death was an accident because there was evidence Ms Humm was propelled from the balcony.
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