Pregnant woman's bench press death 'staged'- police

The death of a young pregnant Melbourne woman was staged to look like a tragic weightlifting accident, police believe.

Snezana Stojanovska (26) was found dead on a makeshift bench press in her garage with a weights bar across her neck, her husband told police.

But detectives believe Ms Stojanovska's 2010 death was a homicide and an inquest has been launched in search of answers.

State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey heard on Thursday (local time) that an autopsy revealed Ms Stojanovska had bruising on her neck that didn't fit a weights accident.

The young mother-to-be was found by paramedics lifeless and lying on an ironing board that had been propped up on books.

Her husband Dragi Stojanovski told police that he had found her dead in the garage about 11am with a barbell across her neck.

His brother, who also lived at the home, called triple zero.

The barbell was resting against a chair in the garage with a 5kg weight on each end when paramedics arrived.

"Snezana's death was reported to be a tragic weightlifting accident," the opening statement of the inquest said.

"Your honour suspects that Snezana's death was the result of homicide."

But no one has been charged over the death, despite a comprehensive investigation.

The inquest will investigation the cause and time of death, the events leading up to it and the identity of anyone involved.

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