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Chatham teenager hanged herself after final love text to ex-boyfriend

By Lizzie Massey

A newly single young woman texted her ex-boyfriend a final “I love you” before taking her own life, an inquest heard.

Jade Hewitt was found hanged in her home after leaving two suicide notes, one to her mother and one to her long-term boyfriend Jesus.

Kent-born Miss Hewitt grew up in Fuengirola, southern Spain, and in 2012 obtained a place to study pharmacy at the Universities at Medway.

Student Jade Hewitt, 19, was found dead at her Chatham home

The 19-year-old moved to a flat in Chatham with Jesus and her mother Lorraine Hewitt moved to be with her as well.

But in 2013 Jesus was under pressure from his mother to return to Spain.

Unable to find work in Medway, he left but the pair promised to remain friends.

Mrs Hewitt said: “Jade continued her studies, she didn’t want to be a failure and always expressed this. I would say to her, ‘you can’t always be perfect’.”

She got a part-time job as an assistant at the Link Pharmacy in Maidstone and her mother said “nothing about her behaviour or demeanour caused me any concern”. But when Mrs Hewitt returned to their home in Otway Street, Chatham, after work on May 12 this year, she found her daughter dead.

She said: “I was screaming for help but I knew looking at Jade there was nothing I could do to bring her back. She was gone.”

One of Miss Hewitt's photos - she was a talented photographer who turned down a place with the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in favour of studying pharmacy.

WhatsApp messages found on Miss Hewitt’s phone to and from Jesus showed the last text she sent was at 2.26am on the morning of her death simply saying “I love you”.

Miss Hewitt, who was a talented photographer, turned down a place with the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in favour of the Medway School of Pharmacy.

Previous messages sent to Jesus indicated she was feeling down but never indicated she was considering suicide, the inquest heard.

Her father Barry said she “couldn’t have been more upbeat” when he last spoke to her the week before her death.

Police confirmed there was no evidence of any third party involvement and toxicology results found no trace of drugs or alcohol in her system.

Pathologist Dr Rouse found the cause of death to be suspension.

Coroner Patricia Harding said: “She was, as far as everybody was concerned, a normal, ordinary happy young lady. Nobody had any warning of the tragic events which unfolded.”

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