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Woman shot dead by Kent police 'wrote of death'

Ann Sanderson (from Independent Police Complaints Commission)
Ann Sanderson was shot in the chest by a police marksman

An inquest jury has been read extracts from the diary of a woman shot dead by a police marksman in Kent and been told about her troubled background.

Ann Sanderson died from a gunshot wound to the chest during a stand-off with officers in Sevenoaks in June 2007.

Entries from her diary in which she wrote about how she thought her life would end by being shot were read during the second day of the inquest.

Jurors also heard how she claimed she had been raped as a teenager.

The partner of Ms Sanderson said she was tormented by memories of a troubled childhood which had led her to turning to petty crime as a way of getting attention.

'Rapist traced'

Tracy Sumner told jurors she met Ms Sanderson, of Bethel Road, Sevenoaks, soon after she had spent a short time in prison and that it was the one place she felt safe.

"I don't think she liked the police but I also think she saw them as a way to be arrested and go to prison," she said.

Ms Sumner said she did not know her partner had bought an air gun just days before she died, but did not think she had intended to commit suicide.

She said on the night of her death she believed her actions had been with the aim of getting arrested and sent back to prison.

Ms Sumner added that she had only found out after her partner's death that she had tracked down the person she claimed had raped her.

'Untrusting world'

The inquest in Gravesend heard how Ms Sanderson wrote her inner-most thoughts in a book over a period of almost 20 years, and also described how she took comfort from self harming.

One entry said: "There's nothing left in this crazy, untrusting world which means anything to me."

While in others she described how she felt "out of control" and consumed by anger against the person she said had raped her.

"I want revenge but I won't get it," she wrote, adding: "I fear one day I'll go too far and lose my life or someone else's."

Ms Sanderson is thought to be the first woman shot dead by UK police for nearly 27 years.

The inquest continues.



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