The lawyer for a Queensland woman charged with the manslaughter of her de facto partner has told the court it was a tragic accident that happened when he jumped in front of the car as she was trying to get away from him.
Elisabeth Mary Coman, 52, appeared in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday morning charged with the death of Clive Douglas Cranbourne, 56, at a property at Wamuran, north of Brisbane, on Saturday.
Ms Coman’s lawyer Gino Milani told the court she was a “very good” person with no criminal history and was driving away from what he called a “hostile domestic situation” when Mr Cranbourne leapt in front of the car.
Her application for bail has been adjourned until Monday afternoon so the court could get a report on her diagnosis of depression and anxiety.
Ms Coman is also charged with high-range drink driving after police allege she recorded a blood alcohol reading of .241.
Mr Milani told the court he was waiting for a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of Mr Cranbourne’s death.
He said Mr Cranbourne “might as well have had a heart attack” after he apparently leapt in front of the car.
Mr Milani told the Caboolture Magistrate’s Court that his client was a highly respected, law-abiding citizen who had never been involved in incidents like this before.
He said she worked at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane and was a valued employee, while her father was a professor of medicine and had offered to look after her if she was granted bail.
He said she had good relationships with her family, and her sister and children had appeared at court to support her.
Police opposed Ms Coman’s bail application.