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Mother's suicide after break-up

Coroner's report (generic)
Coroner Philip Walters recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging

A 27-year-old mother who had been the victim of domestic violence hanged herself days after splitting up from her partner, an inquest heard.

Emma Louise Edwards, of Porth, Rhondda, had suffered from depression and had previously harmed herself.

The inquest at Miskin, near Llantrisant was told that she had never contacted police about the violence.

Bridgend and Glamorgan valleys coroner Philip Walters recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging.

Det Insp Nigel Cottle, of South Wales Police, told the inquest: "Emma had been in a relationship with Gavin Coombes for five or six years and was a victim of domestic violence.

"None of this domestic violence was reported to police."

He added that her "state of mind" had been affected when the relationship ended.

An apparent suicide note was found on her mobile phone.

Ms Edwards' brother Lee Edwards told the inquest that he was very close to his sister and had spoken to her days before her death.

Clearly there was a history of depression, I don't know if she received any treatment or assistance for this
Coroner Philip Walters

"The weekend before she died, she rang me on the Saturday and we had a long conversation on the phone," he said.

"She was down about it [the relationship ending] but positive at the end of the conversation.

"She seemed chirpy at the end."

Ceri Jones, Ms Edwards' cousin and the last person to see her alive, told the inquest she had gone to see her at home on the day that she died and found her to be upset.

But Ms Jones said that by the time she left, Ms Edwards, also known as Emma Rees, had said "she was going to be okay".

Mr Walters asked Ms Jones if her cousin's relationship had been "volatile", and she replied: "Yes".

Her body was found by two of her children returning from school on 8 April this year.

Dr Dan Moss, who carried out the autopsy, said a toxicology report had found there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs in Ms Edwards' body.

Mr Walters extended his sympathies to Ms Edwards' family and particularly her three children.

"Clearly there was a history of depression, I don't know if she received any treatment or assistance for this," he said.

He added that no third party was involved in the death and recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging.


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