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Coroner rules Rowley Regis woman accidentally killed herself
1:58pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A ROWLEY Regis woman with a history of depression and alcohol abuse may have accidentally killed herself, an inquest heard.
Helen Anne Weston, aged 50, of Mincing Lane, died on April 15 when she deprived herself of oxygen by putting a black bin bag over her head.
Her husband Lee Weston told the inquest at Dudley Coroners Court that he believes her actions were “a cry for help”.
Mr Weston said before he had gone out to take the dog for a walk his wife had said to him “I don’t know how you put up with me” and when he returned, he found her with a bin bag over her head.
He said: “It wasn’t tied or anything, just over her head. I think it was a cry for help that went wrong myself.”
Mr Weston said two years prior to her death, his wife, who was a press operator, had talked about taking her own life but had never acted on it.
A post mortem found the quantity of alcohol that Mrs Weston had drank would have put her three times over the legal drink drive limit and she had taken a mixture of prescription drugs.
Black Country Coroner Robin Balmain recorded the cause of death as asphyxia but concluded it was an accidental death.
He said: “I am not going to record that she killed herself for two reasons, firstly Mr Weston told me it might have been a cry for help - she must have been aware that her husband would return very shortly and secondly, she had drunk quite a lot of alcohol, who knows if she would have acted in that way had she not had a drink.”
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