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Jennifer Kohl, 27, died in December 2017
A German backpacker who died after a lawnmower crash at a Queensland avocado farm was on a 'romantic outing' outside designated work areas, a coroner has found.
Jennifer Kohl, 27, arrived in Australia in February 2017 on a working holiday with her 27-year-old boyfriend Paul Tunik.
The couple of seven years had been working on the farm at Tamborine Mountain, about 20km north-west of the Gold Coast, for two or three weeks prior to Ms Kohl's death in December 2017.
Coroner Carol Lee handed down her findings on Friday at Southport Magistrates Court following a two-day inquest in May 2023.
Ms Lee found the farm could not have foreseen that Mr Tunik would depart from instructions and drive the mower through an steep and overgrown area.
'Mr Tunik and Ms Kohl had completed (work) on the day of the accident and had engaged in sexual intercourse in a disused and out of sight part of the property, on a joyride pretending the property was theirs,' Ms Lee said.
At 8am on December 8, 2017, the couple started work on the 10-acre farm and were tasked with picking four crates of avocados over a couple of hours.
The job involved driving a large John Deere X595