Woman got trapped half in, half out of charity bin and suffered tragic death

The body of a woman was discovered 'half in, half out' of a charity clothes bin in Perth, Australia on Tuesday.

Police have said it appears that the woman became 'trapped' in the bin and couldn't escape, and described her death as 'absolutely tragic'.

The grim discovery of the woman – who was only in her thirties – was made behind the Stockland Baldivis shopping centre by a member of the public at around 5am.

When Rockingham Police reviewed the CCTV footage at the location, they confirmed it showed the woman approaching the Good Sammy bin alone at around 1:40am Western Australia time.

Rockingham Detective-Senior Sergeant Andrew Elliott told Australian media: "Through our investigation so far it seems to be a non-suspicious death where a person has tragically died through very unfortunate circumstances.

"It seems she became trapped and unable to remove herself from the bin."

He confirmed that analysis suggests the woman died as a result of asphyxiation and added that encountering the grim scene would have been "very, very confronting" for the member of the public who found her.

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Officers also confirmed that a car found near the centre, on Norseman Approach, belonged to the victim.

People who live in the area said clothes are often scattered in front of the bins, and that it was common to see people rummaging through them, reports The West Australian.

"That’s why they’ve recently installed a CCTV camera and a light in the car park," one local said.

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"At 5am this morning a member of public contacted police to report they'd found a person stuck in a clothing donation bin on Norseman Approach in Baldivis," a spokesperson for the police force said.

"Police, St John's Ambulance and firefighters attended the scene and we can now confirm one person is deceased, believed to be a woman.

"We are in the process of recovering the deceased person from the bin, who was part way in, part way out of the bin."

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WA police added 'there are no suspicious circumstances and a report will now be prepared for the coroner'.

The body has not yet been identified.

In April, a 43-year-old woman sadly died after she became trapped in a charity bin near the same shopping centre.

Police believed she may have been trying to retrieve or place items in the bin when she became caught.

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