A former Dunedin family's investigation has led to an
Australian coroner overturning a police ruling that Nadine
Haag's death was a suicide.
New South Wales Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon said he
was not satisfied the 33-year-old committed suicide, instead
declaring an open finding.
That decision was prompted by her family's private
investigation, after she was found dead in the shower of her
Sydney apartment on December 3, 2009.
Police later concluded Miss Haag had taken her own life,
after a suicide note, pills and a razor were found at the
scene. Unconvinced, her family carried out their own
Their evidence included the discovery of a note saying ''he
did it'', a marking of a tile saying ''he did it'', evidence
of a struggle, a lack of blood at the scene, knives missing,
a toxicology report, and Miss Haag's positive outlook on
Evidence from her diary and from the Haag family showed her
former partner Nastore Guizzon was a bully who behaved in an
intimidatory, controlling and abusive manner towards her.
''Guizzon denied this evidence; however, other witnesses
corroborated the assertion,'' Mr MacMahon noted.
He also noted the movements of Mr Guizzon, the father of
their young child, on the day of her death, ''and his
subsequent evidence concerning those movements also gave rise
to real suspicion as to the possibility of his involvement in
Mr Guizzon has denied any involvement in Miss Haag's death.
In his findings, the coroner said ''Nadine's circumstances at
the time of her death are most unusual for a suicide''.
''In my years as a coroner I have had to investigate many
deaths that were due to suicide. In the vast majority of such
cases the investigation of the death will identify one or
more aspects of the deceased's life that provides an
explanation, or at least a clue, as to why they acted to end
''The investigation of Nadine's death did not show this to be
Last week the family issued a statement to the Otago Daily
Times saying they were hoping for a finding that would
warrant further investigations.
Yesterday their lawyer called on police to conduct an
investigation into the matter.