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St. Marys Local Area Command

Appeal For Witness After Coronial Inquest Into Suspicious Fatal Fall From Balcony In 2007


Detectives are appealing for the assistance of a woman who might have witnessed a man fall from a balcony in suspicious circumstances in Sydney’s west two years ago following the conclusion of a Coronial inquiry.

39-year-old Neville Dower sustained massive internal injuries after falling from a second-floor balcony at a unit complex in Santley Crescent, Kingswood, about 7pm on 25 November 2007.

NSW Ambulance officers treated Mr Dower at the scene before taking him to Nepean Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Police from St. Marys Local Area Command attended the scene and spoke with several witnesses.

A crime scene was established and Forensic Services Group personnel carried out an examination of the area.

Strike Force Ballykeane – comprising detectives from St. Marys LAC – was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dower’s death.

Investigators are examining the possibility the deceased was involved in an altercation with another man before his fall from the balcony.

Following a Coronial inquest into the death, which concluded yesterday (Friday 11 December), Police are appealing for a woman aged in her 30s, medium build, with sandy-coloured hair and wearing a pink-coloured shirt, to come forward as she might be able to assist investigators with their inquiries.

As a result of the inquest, the Coroner has referred the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions for review.

Investigators are appealing for the woman, or anyone with information that might assist detectives, to contact St Marys Police Station on (02) 9677 7499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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