Wife waited to meet husband in busy Sydney shopping centre had no idea he lay dead in a stairwell

Mail Online | 11/4/2019 | Lauren Ferri;Nic White For Daily Mail Australia;Aap
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The wife of a 71-year-old man waited to meet him in a busy Sydney shopping centre and had no idea her husband was trapped nearby in a stairwell where he would later die.

Angela Gore, surrounded by her children, cried silently as an inquest heard how her husband's body was found kneeling forward - as if he'd fallen off a nearby chair - in the stairwell at Westfield Bondi Junction in early 2017.

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Devastated family watched video of Bernard 'Butch' Gore's final moments as he entered the stairwell where his body was found three weeks later.

Melinda cried as CCTV of the moment he walked into the stairwell on January 6, never to be seen again, was played.

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Ms Gore and her daughter, Melinda, reported him missing on January 6 after he failed to meet his wife outside Woolworths as planned earlier that day.

The 71-year-old Tasmanian, who had early-onset dementia, had walked to the Westfield from his daughter's Woollahra apartment and entered a fire stairwell where he became trapped.

Transport - Opal - Card - Family - Shopping

He went missing carrying only $30 and his transport Opal card when he did not turn up to meet his family at the shopping centre on January 6.

Footage showed him walk inside the Westfield at 12.48pm, up to level four and through door L407 at 12.50pm.

Hundreds - Thousands - Shoppers - Mr - Gore

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers came and went as Mr Gore sat trapped inside, hearing their voices echoing down the stairs. More than 20 million people visit each year spending $1.1 billion.

His body was discovered by a maintenance worker on January 27.

Mr - Gore - Position - Stairwell

Mr Gore was found lying in a 'semi-kneeling position' in the stairwell.

Forensic analysis indicated he died at least one or two weeks before his body was found - meaning he spent more than a week slowly dying.

Mr - Gore - Security - Officers - Police

When searching for Mr Gore, security officers and police...
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