Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Robyn Louise SANTEN

Inquest into the Death of Robyn Louise SANTEN

Delivered on :15 June 2017

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner King

Recommendations :N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : Yes

No report may be published of any part of the proceedings or of the evidence given at this inquest that could lead to the identification of the person called Marty whom the deceased first met in about June 2015.

Summary : The deceased was an engineer who had separated from her husband and was in the process of negotiating with him the arrangements for custody of their two young children.

The deceased had experienced mental health issues since 2010, including anxiety and suicidal ideation. In June 2015 she experienced a severe panic attack and told her brother’s partner that she wanted to end it all and swim out to sea.  However, on 28 July 2015 the deceased told her psychologist that she felt clearer about what she needed and was more positive and hopeful about the future.  She felt a significant reduction in anxiety and stress and was engaged with her children.

On the evening of 8 August 2015 the deceased met with friends in Northbridge and returned home alone by taxi arriving at about 10:40pm. While the deceased was with her friends in Northbridge, the deceased’s husband went to their home and dropped off a letter to her.  The content of the letter was primarily a proposed custody arrangement of their children.

At 12.36am the next morning the deceased’s husband received a terse text message from the deceased in response to his letter. That was the last available evidence that the deceased was alive.

On 9 August 2015 the deceased’s brother and parents were unable to contact the deceased. Her brother and his partner found the deceased’s car at a beach car park in City Beach, with the doors unlocked, the keys in the ignition and the deceased’s mobile phone in the centre console.  There was no sign of the deceased.  Police conducted a search and an investigation into her disappearance.  She has never been found.

The Coroner found that the death of the deceased has been proved beyond all reasonable doubt. The Coroner concluded that the deceased entered the water at City Beach but it was not possible to find whether the deceased drowned, was taken by a marine predator or died from some other cause.  The Coroner could not be satisfied to any degree of certainty of the deceased’s intention when she entered the water or thereafter and made an open finding as to how death occurred.

Catch Words : Mental Health : Marital Breakdown : Missing Person : Open Finding

Last updated: 30-Apr-2019

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