A woman who died after becoming stuck in the opening of a charity bin outside a Western Australian shopping centre has been identified.
Alarrah Lawrence, 33, was looking inside a Good Sammys clothing donation bin at Stockland Baldivis Shopping Centre when she became “trapped and unable to remove herself”, police told reporters.
Ms Lawrence was seen on CCTV approaching the bins alone at about 1.40am. Her body was found by a member of the public at around 5am on Tuesday.
According to the West Australian, the mother-of-one had been standing on a plastic bucket to reach inside the bin when the bucket slipped under her feet, leaving her trapped.
The publication reported her body remained “half in, half out” of the bin, with a small pile of clothing on the ground beneath her.
Rockingham Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Elliot told the paper it is believed Ms Lawrence died from asphyxiation.
Tributes flow after devastating accident
Ms Lawrence’s partner penned a heartbreaking tribute to his “soulmate” on Facebook in the hours after her death.
“This is a cruel world can't believe your gone devastated word can't explain I'm going to miss U I just wish I could tell U I love U 1 more time my soulmate [sic],” he wrote.
“Raining sadness for my family,” another family member wrote. “Alarrah you won’t be forgotten.”
Others sent their condolences to Ms Lawrence’s family and her 15-month-old son, while many expressed disbelief over the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.
West Australian police do not believe Ms Lawrence’s death is suspicious.
A report is expected to be prepared for the coroner.
Second charity bin death in three months
Ms Lawrence's death comes three months after a 43-year-old mother was found dead in a charity bin on the Gold Coast.
Mikki O’Shea, also known as Charmaine, was found dead by a member of the public trapped in the bin near a shopping centre in Burleigh Heads in April.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia it appeared the bin lid had come down on the woman. Firefighters had to cut her body free.
Photos published at the time showed Ms O'Shea's car filled with items, potentially ones she had collected or she was looking to donate herself.
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