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NSW woman charged over moonshine deaths

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016

A woman has been charged with peddling moonshine to three people who died from illnesses caused from drinking the poisonous home-brew in northwest NSW.

Roger Adams, 37, his long-term partner Sandra Boney, 40, and her brother Norman Boney, 46, lived near Collarenebri when they died within two months of each other in early 2015 after drinking contaminated alcohol.

A coronial inquest last month found the trio had died in hospital from pneumonia, but it was the ingestion of methanol that caused them to become ill and contributed to their deaths.

Medical and police records before the inquest showed Mr Adams, Ms Boney and Mr Boney were alcoholics.

But the evidence overwhelmingly supported the fact that prior to the introduction of the moonshine, all three were relatively healthy and participating in life on the reserve, NSW Coroner Helen Barry found.

Mary Miller, 56, was on Tuesday charged with four counts of selling liquor without a licence and three counts of selling at an unlicensed premises.

Miller is due to appear at Walgett Local Court in January.

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