Inquest for woman's death at The Gap
July 11, 2010
Mystery... an inquest will begin next month into the death of Katrina Ploy.
WAS Katrina Ploy pushed over the edge, did she accidentally drown or did she take her own life?
New evidence about the death of the Parramatta woman, 26, at Watsons Bay 3½ years ago will be explored at an inquest by the State Coroner on August 2.
Solicitor David Leamey said it had emerged Ms Ploy had been a regular late-night visitor to the navy's training centre near The Gap. Mr Leamey is representing one of five men targeted by police in their investigation, the former Bandido bikie gang sergeant-at-arms Adam O'Brien.
''The evidence comes from a number of taxi drivers who drove her from Parramatta or picked her up from the base to take her home, which indicates that she was seeing someone on the base,'' Mr Leamey said.
Security staff have also told police that Ms Ploy, whose body was found wedged in rocks underwater on the harbour side of The Gap on Christmas Day 2006, had a high-security clearance to enter the grounds, possibly because of her work for a Ryde company that made instruments for navy vessels.
Security staff also thought she may have been working at a bar on the base, Mr Leamey said. Ms Ploy's handbag and jacket were found at the top of The Gap on the ocean side, some distance from where her body was found. Her trousers were rolled up and she had a few scratches on her face.
Her blue Hyundai sedan was nearby with her work clothes folded inside. Earlier that day Ms Ploy, who suffered from depression amid failed relationships, had attended a race meeting with her mother and sister at Hawkesbury.