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Twist after woman falls to her death from penthouse apartment

Yahoo News Australia and agencies
·2-min read

The death of a woman who fell from from a penthouse balcony after an argument with her boyfriend at a party has been ruled an accident.

Property manager Hilma Balsamao de Morais, 38, fell to her death from a height of 15 metres onto the patio of the residential building in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte on November 20 last year.

Hilma Balsamao de Morais's death has been ruled an accident. Source: Australscope/Newsflash
Hilma Balsamao de Morais's death has been ruled an accident. Source: Australscope/Newsflash

A witness at the time told cops how Hilma's boyfriend, Gustavo de Almeida Veloso, who owned the penthouse from which she fell, took 50 minutes to come down from the party to the scene of the accident, only doing so when called by the police.

Gustavo and other partygoers told police at the time that Hilma had taken her life. However, officers considered Gustavo a suspect after questioning a neighbour, who said he had heard a row coming from Gustavo's apartment.

Suspicions were further heightened when Gustavo failed to attend his girlfriend's funeral or send his condolences to her relatives. 

The roof from where the 38-year old Hilma Balsamao de Morais fell. Source: Australscope/Newsflash
The roof from where the 38-year old Hilma Balsamao de Morais fell. Source: Australscope/Newsflash

However, cops investigating the incident have now concluded that Hilma's death was neither suicide nor homicide and say it was an accident instead. 

They came to their conclusion after questioning witnesses, who described the scene of her standing on the terrace's ledge with one foot and her other leg giving way.

The victim's high blood alcohol level at the time reinforced the accident hypothesis.

Nobody is to be charged over the death.

Australscope

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