A man whose pregnant wife was found dead on a makeshift bench press at her Melbourne home will not be made to give evidence at her inquest, after telling a coroner his answers could be self-incriminating.
Snezana Stojanovska, 26, was found dead lying on a makeshift bench press inside her Preston garage in November 2010, and detectives think she was strangled and her death staged.
A coroner, Judge Sara Hinchey, on Thursday excused the woman's husband, Dragi Stojanovski, from giving evidence after he told her "my answers might (tend) to incriminate me".
His lawyer, Robert Galbally, told the directions hearing Mr Stojanvoski was in a "perilous situation".
"In circumstances where the investigating police officers are alleging that a murder has taken place and in circumstances where the director of public prosecutions does not intend to say that no charges will be laid ... the position that the applicant is in is a perilous situation," Mr Galbally said.
He also flagged his intention to apply to suppress evidence relating to a polygraph test, which Mr Stojanvoski underwent after his wife's death.
"That could have a devastating effect on any trial that took place down the track," the lawyer said.
The inquest is due to begin at a later date, with a neighbour expected to give evidence about walking past the family's home and hearing an unidentified man and woman arguing loudly.
After Ms Stojanovski died, her husband told police he found her with a barbell across her neck.
Paramedics found her wearing pyjamas and a dressing gown, lying on an ironing board which had been propped up with books, the inquest heard.
A barbell was resting against a nearby chair, with a 5kg weight on each end. It totalled 30kg.
Judge Hinchey last month heard Ms Stojanovska had bruising on her neck that did not fit with a weightlifting accident.
"Snezana's death was reported to be a tragic weightlifting accident," the opening statement of the inquest said.
"Your honour suspects that Snezana's death was the result of homicide."