CHUTE DEATH ‘NOT SUICIDE’ – Saturday August 10 2013

– A smear of blood found in Phoebe Handsjuk’s apartment, and bruising on her wrists, indicated she was murdered and did not commit suicide, her grandfather told her inquest yesterday.
Ms Handsjuk, 24, was found dead in the refuse room of the Balencea apartment complex in St Kilda Road on December 2nd, 2010, after falling 12 storeys down the garbage chute.
She was last seen alive at 11:50am that day.
Ms Handsjuk lived at the complex with her boyfriend Antony Hampel, 45, the son of former Supreme Court judge George Hampel and the stepson of County Court judge Felicity Hampel.
Yesterday, her grandfather Lorne Campbell, a former senior detective with 34 years’ police experience, told coroner Peter White he believed police had botched the investigation and hastily ruled the death a suicide.
Mr Campbell conducted experiments on the garbage chute in the months after Phoebe’s death, concluding it would have been difficult for his intoxicated granddaughter to commit suicide in that manner.
“Another party must have been involved,” he said.
Mr Campbell also said he was suspicious of Ms Handsjuk’s boyfriend, and instructed Phoebe’s mother Natalie to record a conversation with him in the days after her death.
“I believe she was killed by one or more people,” Mr Campbell said.
Mr Campbell also said a text message sent to family members from Ms Handsjuk’s phone had been fabricated and had been designed to give the suicide theory plausibility.
Earlier the inquest heard Ms Handsjuk had been unhappy with her relationship, and Mr Hampel would lock himself in his home office during arguments and her drinking bouts.
The inquest continues on Monday – Padraic Murphy


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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