Dianne Brimble, 42, was holidaying with family and friends in September 2002 when she was found dead on the second day of her Pacific cruise. Ms Brimble's body was found in a cabin occupied by four men she had met the previous evening. It is believed she died from and overdose of the date rape drug gamma-hydroxybutyrate, otherwise known as GBH, or fantasy.
Family and friends have told Sydney's Glebe Coroner's Court the devoted mother was moral person who did not approve of promiscuous sex or drug taking.
Not long before Dianne Brimble was found dead in the cabin of a cruise ship, fellow holidaymakers were shown digital photographs of the Brisbane mother having sex with another passenger, an inquest has been told.
Mrs Brimble met a group of eight men at a disco on her first night on the ship and the next morning was found dead in a cabin occupied by four of the men, the inquest has been told.
The inquiry today heard evidence from Natasha McCann, who had shared a cabin on the cruise with three female friends. She said that after returning from the ship's disco she had seen a man outside her cabin, naked except for a life jacket.
She identified him in court as Mark Robin Wilhelm and said he and three other men - Dragan Losic, Ryan Kym Kuchel and Petar Vladimir Pantic - later came into her cabin.
"Someone - I don't know which person - started to tell me about Mark having sexual intercourse with a lady," Ms McCann said.
"Someone showed me some photos on a digital camera ... (of) Mark having sexual intercourse with a lady."
Interviewed by police after Mrs Brimble's death, Ms McCann said she was astounded to be shown the explicit photographs, which the men had treated at the time as "all a big joke".
Ms McCann told the court she had also regarded the photographs as a joke, but had not realised at the time what was happening. She was very surprised to see the photographs, she told the inquest, and believed Mr Wilhelm or Mr Pantic had shown them to her.
Ms McCann also said she was told that when the men had left the cabin, their friend Letterio Silvestri - whom she knew as Leo - was receiving oral sex from the lady.
The inquest continues tomorrow.