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Inquest into four-year-old's dam drowning set for December

Amy Koefer and her daughter Nelani Koefer.
Amy Koefer and her daughter Nelani Koefer. Contributed

A CORONIAL inquest into the death of then four-year-old Nelani Koefer has been scheduled to begin on Monday, December 7, at the Rockhampton court house.

In 2008, Nelani was swept from her mother Amy Koefer's arms when fabridam barrier broke at a Blackwater dam.

Amy said she would travel from her home in Gladstone to attend the entirety of the inquest and give her account of what happened.

She was told by her solicitor that she could write a statement to be read out, or speak on behalf of herself.

"She said you might need a lot of time to think about that," said Amy.

"I said no I don't, I'd like to speak on behalf of myself.

"It's going to be hard, but what's harder than carrying your daughter's coffin down the aisle?"

Amy won't be alone on the painful journey.

"I have family and a few friends coming for support. I've had a lot of people tell me they'll be there for support," she said.

Until December, Amy is trying to think about the inquest as infrequently as she can.

"Otherwise I'll send myself crazy with thoughts of what could have happened, the what ifs," she said.

A pre-inquest conference was held yesterday to discuss the proceedings of the inquest that will investigate Nelani's death on November 23, 2008.

Coroner David O'Connell said he expected the inquest to run from two to three days.

Topics:  coronial inquest drowning nelani koefer


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