Open verdict in nurse’s inquest

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A RETIRED nurse was discovered by her husband of 47 years, hanging from a clothes post, an inquest heard.

Monica Shoesmith, 68, who was described as “a great help and support to all those around her”, died from asphyxiation on December 10, 2011.

Her husband David Shoesmith noticed his wife was not indoors and thought she may have gone to a mobile home in the garden of their Wragby property.

Leaving the house he found her hanging, dressed only in pyjamas.

He cut the ligature, called the emergency services and attempted to revive her, to no avail.

No suicide note was discovered and Mrs Shoesmith was not thought to have discussed her intention to take her own life with anyone else.

Coroner Stuart Fisher therefore recorded an open verdict at the inquest held last Tuesday at Lincoln Cathedral Centre.

He expressed his deepest sympathies to the family of Mrs Shoesmith, whom he described as a “good woman by all standards”.