April 14, 2009

Drunk Filipina fell 5 floors

By Elena Chong

A FILIPINO woman who became violent whenever she got drunk fell five storeys to her death from her Bukit Timah condominium after a drinking session, a coroner's court heard on Tuesday.

Ms Janeth Villabalagon Calamohoy, 25, was running towards her Danish common-law husband, Mr Lars Hyldgaard Kristensen, 35, on the balcony of their Maplewoods apartment when she toppled over the railing at about 1.50am last Aug 30.

Earlier on, the couple had been drinking with friends at a pub in Sixth Avenue.

Mr Kristensen, a sales director of a company, told police that Ms Calamohoy had told their friends private *** details about him. The couple got into an argument on their way home.

To avoid further confrontation, he went to a nearby convenience store to get a can of beer but could not find her when he came out. Neither did he look for her when he got home.

While he was drinking his beer in the living room balcony, he saw Ms Calamohoy running from the living room towards the balcony.

Before he could react, the 1.6m-tall Filipina fell over the balcony railing to the ground floor.

Investigation officer Mohamed Zaid Aziz of Clementi police division said Ms Barbara Sakineh Heidarzadeh Khiabaniazar, a 34-year-old German woman, was chatting with a friend in her fourth-floor balcony directly opposite the couple's flat when she saw the Filipina run and fall over the balcony on her own. She did not hear any quarrel or argument before the incident.

According to her husband, Ms Calamohoy stopped drinking a year ago, but had started to drink again recently for reasons he did not know. Whenever she was drunk she would get violent and lose control of herself, he told the police.

A toxicology report showed that her blood contained 176mg ethanol - more than twice the legal limit for drink driving.

State Coroner Victor Yeo recorded an open verdict on her death.