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Marta Kendle inquest hears Sevenoaks mum took life at Gracious Lane bridge amid fears for health and finances

By Luke May

A mother who was "absolutely devoted to her children" took her life amid fears for her health and finances, an inquest has heard.

Marta Kendle from Sevenoaks died after falling from Gracious Lane bridge on to the A21 in February.

An inquest today heard the mother-of-two had visited the bridge the day before her death with her two children.

Marta Kendle
Marta Kendle

Sergeant Nicola Cann said: "Marta believed she had breast cancer and was convinced she was going to die."

The inquest heard Mrs Kendle, who was separated but stayed in contact with her husband, had been told she did not have breast cancer at a recent health check-up.

Despite this, numerous calls to various hospitals were made from her two phones in the days leading up to her death.

The inquest heard the Polish born mum, who once hoped to be a model, also feared prison after receiving a call from HMRC.

Sgt Cann said: "She thought the call could have concerned a large sum of money she transferred out of her account to avoid losing her child benefit.

"She was scared what could happen with her children and she had been struggling with debts."

"Marta believed she had breast cancer and was convinced she was going to die..." Sergeant Nicola Cann

Coroner Roger Hatch heard the 37-year-old told a friend she was having suicidal thoughts, but police found no evidence to suggest she sought counselling or other support.

Sgt Cann added the concerns became her "sole focus" in the final weeks of her life.

Giving evidence to the inquest, Sgt Cann said: "Marta was absolutely devoted to her sons, they were the most important people to her in her life.

"She was very proud of her boys and had a very close relationship with her brother in London.

"She had a very active social life with a group of friends at her son's school. She was passionate and beautiful, having previously pursued a passion for modelling by having a couple of photoshoots.

"She was a kind and compassionate person."

"She was very proud of her boys and had a very close relationship with her brother in London..." Sergeant Nicola Cann

The inquest heard the Sevenoaks mum died after suffering multiple injuries after being struck by a a number of vehicles.

Mr Hatch concluded today's inquest at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone.

He said: "Having heard the evidence I'm left with no alternative but to conclude that the death of Marta Kendle was due to suicide.

"May I express my sympathies to the family."

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