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Inquest For Melbourne Woman's Bench Press Death

An inquest will begin to examine the death of a young pregnant Melbourne woman whose husband claimed to have found her dead on a makeshift bench press.

Snezana Stojanovska, 26, was found dead lying on an ironing board propped up on books in the garage of her Preston home in November 2010.

Detectives suspect Ms Stojanovska's death may have been a homicide staged to look like a tragic weightlifting accident.

The mother-to-be was found in her pyjamas and a dressing gown, not gym clothes.

A barbell was resting against a nearby chair with a 5kg weight on each end, totalling 30kg.

Her husband Dragi Stojanovski told police he found his wife with the barbell across her neck.

But investigators found Ms Stojanovska had bruising on her neck that simply didn't fit with a weightlifting accident.

State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey will hold a four-day inquest into her death, starting on Tuesday.

Judge Hinchey is expected to hear from family members, a doctor and detectives.

Mr Stojanovski was excused from giving evidence after telling an earlier hearing that his answers may tend to incriminate him.

AAP

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