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Vic grandmother's murder still unsolved

AAP logoAAP 16/09/2016 Jacqueline Le

The family of a Melbourne grandmother found dead in her pool say someone has got away with murder after a coronial inquest failed to identify her killer.

The body of Brenda Goudge, 61, was found by her daughter and business partner Paul Callaway at her Wantirna South home on July 8, 2011.

Homicide detectives identified Mr Callaway, a former policeman, as a prime suspect and provided a report outlining their theory to Coroner Caitlin English.

Ms English agreed with police that Mr Callaway had engaged in deceptive behaviour.

But on Friday she made an open finding about Ms Goudge's murder.

"The evidence does not allow me to conclude that Mr Calloway was involved in the death of Ms Goudge," said Ms English.

"I'm not able to reach a conclusion ... about who caused the death of Ms Goudge."

Outside the court, Ms Goudge's son, Adam, said he has lost faith in the justice system.

"Blind Freddy could have sat through that inquest and known who did this," he told reporters.

"Somebody's gotten away with murder."

Mr Callaway, Ms Goudge and a third business partner jointly owned Jay Dee Auto Cables in Bayswater, where Ms Goudge's daughter Rebecca also worked.

On July 8, 2011, Ms Goudge didn't show up for work, so Rebecca and Mr Callaway drove over to her home.

After they climbed a fence and found the back door open, they went into Ms Goudge's bedroom where Mr Callaway noticed blood on her mattress and bedhead.

As the pair made phone calls to hospitals, Rebecca noticed something protruding from the pool.

She pulled back the blue pool cover to find her mother face up in the water.

Bedding was also found floating in the pool.

Ms English said it's likely Ms Goudge knew her attacker as there were no sign of forced entry or any valuables stolen.

An autopsy revealed Ms Goudge had suffered blunt force trauma to her head.

She had died from asphyxia caused by compression, possibly by a doona placed over her nose, mouth and throat.

"It's impossible to say if she was conscious, dead, or unconscious when she entered the water," Ms English said.

The coroner also noted Ms Goudge had quarrelled with her business partners, while several employees said they left the business because of her behaviour towards them.

Police say Mr Callaway benefited financially from his business partner's death, and Coroner English said he appeared to have engaged in "deceptive behaviour and minimisation of his financial motive" during the homicide investigation.

He also gave contradictory accounts about his whereabouts in the hours before Ms Goudge's body was found, she said.

Ms Goudge family say they will continue fighting for justice and are raising funds to hire a private investigator.

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