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Woman fell to her death while sleepwalking, court hears

CNA – 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 yesterday.

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

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

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 Dulfo inadvertently fell out of the window while sleepwalking, adding that 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.

According to Dulfo’s housemates, the night before her death, on June 6, 2021, she was at a gathering in the apartment where she consumed alcohol. She was sober and could carry on a conversation.

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