GRIM HUNT FOR TRUTH – Saturday July 27 2013

– A mother who refuses to accept that her daughter killed herself has raised $50,000 to pay for an inquest.
The death of Phoebe Handsjuk, 24, whose body was found in a compacting area at the foot of a garbage chute in a St Kilda Rd apartment block in December 2010, was ruled a suicide by police.
But Natalie Handsjuk said: “I won’t ever believe that’s what happened, and I think I’ve got very good reasons for not believing that. I don’t think she did put herself down the chute. I think she’s been put in there, for whatever reason.”
The homicide squad passed the case to South Melbourne detectives within five days.
Phoebe Handsjuk’s grandfather, retired detective Lorne Campbell, has said vital evidence wasn’t properly gathered and statements weren’t taken from all relevant people.
Ms Handsjuk’s lawyers argue there is sufficient evidence that the death may have been murder.
After running fundraising online and in her local area, and spending her own savings, including housing equity, Ms Handsjuk raised $10,000 to finance legal action arguing for the inquest.
This was opposed by lawyers for Phoebe Handsjuk’s boyfriend, Antony Hampel, who argued there was no basis for a finding that the death was murder.
Mr Hampel is the son of retired Victorian Supreme Court judge George Hampel and a stepson of County Court judge Felicity Hampel.
Ms Handsjuk has also raised $41,800 to pay for legal representation for a 15-day inquest, and is still working to raise funds in the event the inquest lasts longer.
Ms Handsjuk said she was trying to remain “focused on the facts” and not get carried away by emotion, but “there’s a huge part of me that still can’t believe its happened”.
“We are just hoping to get some answers to questions we still have about what happened to Phoebe,” she said.
“It’s an extraordinary way for a young person to take her life. It would have to have been a pretty mighty effort to have been able to do what she did, even if you were completely sober, given the chute opening was a metre off the ground,” she said.
The inquest begins on August 5th. Any extra money raised will be donated to Stop Violence Against Women – Wendy Tuohy

Antony Hampel, boyfriend of Phoebe Handsjuk

Phoebe Handsjuk

Phoebe Handsjuk’s mother, Natalie Handsjuk


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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