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Inside relationship led to young pregnant woman lying dead next to critically injured ex-boyfriend

From gushing posts about her ‘hunni’ and beautiful family snaps: Inside pregnant woman’s ‘perfect’ life before she was found lying dead on the floor next to her critically injured ex-boyfriend

  • Michelle Darragh, 32, died at her former partner’s home in Melbourne’s east
  • The mother-of-two was found dead on Saturday beside ex Ben Coman, 29
  • The couple separated only two weeks ago after being together for five years
  • Her father discovered her body after worrying she was late returning home
  • Mr Coman is being held under police guard at the Royal Melbourne Hospital


For those on the outside, Michelle Darragh appeared to have the perfect life – regularly sharing loving snaps of her ‘hunni’ boyfriend, their three dogs and beautiful two young boys.  

But two Saturdays ago, Ms Darragh’s lifeless body was found next to her critically-injured partner Ben Coman inside his Melbourne home.   

The pair had split up two weeks earlier and Ms Darragh had reportedly visited the home to pick up some of her belongings. 

Her father found her in a pool of her own blood after climbing over a neighbour’s fence when she didn’t return to their home in The Basin for several hours. 

Ms Darragh was declared dead at the scene and Mr Coman was rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition where he remains under police guard. 

Michelle Darragh (left) was found in critical condition in a pool of her own blood next to estranger partner Ben Coman (right) on Saturday night. The pregnant mother didn’t survive

Images from the months and years leading to her death show a happy young mother

Images from the months and years leading to her death show a happy young mother

No charges have been laid over Ms Darragh’s grisly death and police are not looking to interview anyone else. 

Ms Darragh and Mr Coman had been living at the house with their two sons prior to them separating two weeks ago. 

It’s understood the mother, who was expecting her third child, had stopped by Mr Coman’s house on Saturday night to pick up some of her belongings. 

A neighbour told news.com.au that Ms Darragh would regularly drive from her parents to Mr Coman’s house on weekends so he could see the children. 

Her parents live about six kilometres from the family home. 

Mr Coman, a tradesman who runs a cabinet-making business, was seen going for a walk hours before his body was found alongside his estranged partner. 

Homicide police have launched an investigation into Ms Darragh’s death.

Images from 2016 show her in a bridal party with her sister, who has been described as one of her best friends

Ms Darragh's profile was littered with pictures of her smiling and enjoying life while in the relationship with Mr Coman

Images from 2016 show her in a bridal party with her sister, who has been described as one of her best friends

The pair regularly posted pictures from coastal holidays they took together with their dogs and children throughout their five-year relationship

The pair regularly posted pictures from coastal holidays they took together with their dogs and children throughout their five-year relationship

Forensic specialists scoured the home on Sunday which was cordoned off with police tape.

Victoria Police said they were ‘not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident’. 

Ms Darragh’s heartbroken family said they want her to be remembered as ‘the most beautiful soul that you could ever get,’ a family member told The Age. 

‘She lived for her kids and family and always put other people first in front of her own self.

‘We will always remember her beautiful nature and her infectious smile that lit the room up when she walked into it.’ 

Ms Darragh returned to her former partner Ben Coman's Bayswater North house (pictured) to collect some belongings on Saturday

Ms Darragh returned to her former partner Ben Coman’s Bayswater North house (pictured) to collect some belongings on Saturday

Michelle Darragh, 32, died at her former partner Ben Coman's Bayswater North home in Huntington Avenue east of Melbourne on Saturday at about 7:30pm. The former couple are pictured together

Michelle Darragh, 32, died at her former partner Ben Coman’s Bayswater North home in Huntington Avenue east of Melbourne on Saturday at about 7:30pm. The former couple are pictured together

They said she adored her two sons and was a dedicated, loving mother.

A neighbour of the deceased woman said he saw the victim’s parents outside the house crying and screaming. 

Neighour Trent Falahey said he saw Ms Darragh’s distraught parents crying outside the home before the woman’s mother asked if he had ‘heard anything’.

‘You don’t expect these things to happen in your neighbourhood,’ he said.

He added they were a ‘fantastic’ and ‘lovely couple’ who had been at the property for about four years.

‘They were great neighbours … it is a pretty tight neighbourhood we all know each other,’ he said. 

Police are pictured at the home Bayswater North

 Police are pictured at the home Bayswater North

When nobody answered the door of the couple's former home and Ms Darragh's father could not access the house, he climbed over a neighbour's fence to gain access

When nobody answered the door of the couple’s former home and Ms Darragh’s father could not access the house, he climbed over a neighbour’s fence to gain access

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