Weights prove too much

Was it a nasty accident or maybe murder?

In Melbourne, Australia, a court had the tricky task of deciding if Snezana Stojanovska died in November 2010 by accident or was murdered – probably by her husband, Dragi Stojanovski.

She was 26 at the time of her death, 12 weeks pregnant, and was found lying on her back on an ironing board propped on books, while dressed in her nightlcothes and wearing gardening gloves.

Dragi Stojanovski told police that he found her with a barbell across her neck, in what may have been a weightlifting accident.

Malcolm Dodd, a forensic pathologist who gave evidence, said he did not believe Stojanovska had died in a weightlifting accident; her cause of death was asphyxia and neck compression, most likely caused by strangulation. Sports scientist Harry Brennan told the inquest he’d never heard of a situation where a barbell had come to rest on someone’s neck. Had the barbell fallen, the weight discs most likely would have slid off as they were not attached with collars, he said.

On 2 August the coroner ruled that she had been strangled to death.

Picture source: Luca Florio