Mother took drugs overdose

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A MOTHER, who suffered episodes of depression, overdosed on a cocktail of prescription drugs after an argument with her estranged husband, an inquest heard.

Linda Hall, 48, was found dead at her Market Rasen home on October 2, 2011 after her daughter contacted the police, concerned she had not heard from Mrs Hall in some time.

Her husband of nearly a year, Peter Hall, explained in a statement read at the inquest, held in Lincoln last Tuesday, that Mrs Hall was known to have a history of depression and had tried to harm herself on two prior occasions, though she had not shown any recent signs of depression.

“I had no suggestion that Linda wanted to take her life and we had no reason to believe she wished to harm herself,” he said.

The couple had been separated for four months but had stayed in contact. During their final meeting on September 13, Mr Hall said his wife had asked for him to act as her guarantor so she could move into a flat in Nottingham with a friend.

Mr Hall refused the request and said that ‘Linda was angry when she left’.

PC Stuart, responding to Mrs Smith’s daughter’s concerns, attended her Oxford Street home and discovered the front door locked with the keys left in the inside lock.

He broke into the property and found Mrs Hall lying dead on her bed surrounded by packets of powerful painkillers and anti-depressants.

A note was also discovered expressing Mrs Hall’s intention to take her own life, and so Coroner Stuart Fisher recorded a verdict of suicide.

He expressed his deepest sympathies to the family saying: “It’s always very tragic when someone forms the view that they want to end their life in this way and so my heart goes out to all of you.”