A Victorian coroner says the husband of an expectant mother found dead in her garage after a reported weightlifting accident will not be compelled to give evidence at the inquest into her death.
Dragi Stojanovski told police he found his wife Snezana Stojanovska, 26, dead in their Preston garage on a makeshift bench press with a barbell across her throat in 2010.
The couple was living with Mr Stojanovski’s mother and brother at the time.
Mr Stojanovski’s lawyer, Robert Galbally, urged the Coroners Court of Victoria to excuse his client from giving evidence at the upcoming inquest.
”In circumstances where the investigating police officers are alleging that a murder has taken place and in circumstances where the Director of Public Prosecutions does not intend to say that no charges will be laid … the position that the applicant is in is a perilous situation,” Mr Galbally said.
When asked why he didn’t want to give evidence from the witness box, Mr Stojanovski said:
”I feel my answers might intend to incriminate me.”
State Coroner Sara Hinchey found it was in the overall interests of justice for him not to give evidence.
”I will excuse Mr Stojanovski from giving evidence and provide reasons in the next 24 hours,” Judge Hinchey told the Melbourne court.
Mrs Stojanovska’s mother, Gina Kiklevski, and brother, Steve Kiklevski, were in the court for the hearing.
Ms Kiklevski wiped tears from her face when her lawyer, Lisa Papadinas, told the court it was important for the family to know exactly what happened on the day of Ms Stojanovska’s death.
Husband Dragi Stojanovski shields his brother and mother from a photographer at an earlier court hearing. (ABC News: Melissa Brown)
In an earlier hearing, counsel assisting the coroner Barbara Myers said the coroner suspected Mrs Stojaovska’s death was not an accident.
“Your Honour suspects that Snezana’s death was the result of homicide,” Ms Myers said.
Earlier the court was told Mrs Stojanovska had just found out she was 12-weeks pregnant and was due to attend an appointment with her doctor on the day she died.
The inquest is scheduled for July.