Acid attack victim Monika Chetty likely died protecting attacker, inquest finds

Acid attack victim Monika Chetty likely died protecting attacker, inquest finds

An inquest into the murder of acid attack victim Monika Chetty has found she likely died protecting her attacker or attackers, whose identities remain a mystery 10 years on.

The mother of three was found in bushland West Hoxton with chemical burns to 80 per cent of her body on January 3, 2014.

The burns were caused by a dousing of up to seven litres of acid and she died from the injuries four weeks later on January 31.

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At the time of the attack, Chetty told police that a man threw acid on her at Biggie Park, next to Liverpool Hospital, after she refused to give him a cigarette.

Investigators found no evidence of that claim.

Today an inquest found that Chetty likely knew her attacker or attackers and was protecting them before she died.

Chetty’s former husband and children told the inquest today that they live in heartache not knowing what happened to her. 

”We are all praying in hope whoever this twisted person or people are, (are) caught by authorities,” her eldest son Daniel told the inquest.

“It pains us not knowing what happened,” sibling Kris Chetty added.

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Chetty had been dealing with personal issues before her passing.

She had battled cancer, was homeless, living in bushlands and believed to be involved in a visa scam.

Her family said they had noticed bandaged burns on her body in the two years leading up to her death, but she would blame the injuries on cooking or her car radiator.

Coroner Elaine Truscott urged detectives from the unsolved homicide squad not to give up on the murder mystery.

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