Woman fell to her death after climbing through window while sleepwalking, court hears

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SINGAPORE: A 38-year-old woman who fell to her death is believed to have climbed through a window in her 10th storey apartment while sleepwalking, a coroner’s court heard on Thursday (May 12).

Ms Ruth Dalumpines Dulfo was found lying motionless at the foot of her block at Laguna Park condominium in Marine Parade at about 7am on Jun 7, 2021.

The Philippine national came to Singapore 13 years ago and was working at Coastal Rhythm Cafe and Bar at East Coast Park at the time of her death.

Ms Dulfo lived in the apartment with five other housemates. She had a history of sleepwalking, with at least four known instances.

Three witnesses testified on the first day of a coroner’s inquiry into her death: A police inspector, one of her housemates and a neurologist specialising in sleep medicine.

Investigating officer Gilbert Chow said police are of the view that Ms Dulfo inadvertently fell out of the window while sleepwalking, and no foul play is suspected.

State Coroner Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz will conduct a further review of evidence in two weeks and issue her findings at a later date.

EVENTS THAT NIGHT

According to Ms Dulfo’s housemates, the night before her death, on Jun 6, 2021, she was at a gathering in the apartment where she consumed alcohol.

She was sober and could carry on a conversation. Toxicology tests found a high but non-lethal concentration of ethanol in Ms Dulfo’s blood after her death.

The gathering continued into the early hours of the morning. Two of Ms Dulfo’s housemates said that she was still awake and using her phone when they went to sleep at around 3am to 4am.

As all of Ms Dulfo’s housemates went to bed before her, they were unsure if she actually went to sleep that night, said Mr Chow.

At about 7.05am on Jun 7, 2021, the police received an information report that Ms Dulfo had fallen from a height.

HOW SHE FELL

A search of the apartment found three sets of open windows in the kitchen, living room and toilet in the main hall.

The window in the toilet was usually closed, Ms Dulfo’s housemate told police. The window measured 67cm wide and 50cm high, and was 1.7m above the floor.

Police found that the location of the toilet window lined up with where Ms Dulfo’s body was found, and it was open to a large extent.

They also found an overturned bottle of sham...

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