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Cranbrook woman found dead in bath by husband after cancer battle and depression

A woman was found by her husband in a bath of blood after cutting her own wrist following a battle with depression and breast cancer, an inquest heard.

Nicola Edwards, from Cranbrook, was due to go for a walk to “clear her head” before her partner talked her out of it for fear of slipping on ice.

The 49-year-old, who worked as a medical secretary, had said she was going to run a bath but had not been seen for an hour until the discovery was made.

The inquest was heard at Archbishop's Palace, Maidstone
The inquest was heard at Archbishop's Palace, Maidstone

Senior Coroner Peter Hatch recorded a conclusion of suicide during an inquest into Mrs Edwards’ death held at Archbishop’s Palace.

He said: “It is unfortunately clear to me that Mrs Edwards intended to take the action that she was found to have done to end her own life.

“Therefore that was clearly her intention by the method she adopted.”

Mrs Edwards, of Winser Road, Rolvenden Layne, was more than four times the drink drive limit when she took her own life, a toxicology report revealed.

A pathologist said she died from a “catastrophic haemorrhage” from a severe incision wound.

Anybody experiencing any mental health issues or if you require any help you can call Samaritans on 116 123 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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