Foul play ruled out at inquest
Wednesday, July 08, 2009, 09:00
AN inquest into the death of a 36-year-old woman from Fotherby has ruled out foul play after police investigations into the authenticity of a suicide note.
Jennifer Ann Bee, of Allenby Close, died on February 10 following an overdose of prescription drugs.
She was pronounced dead on arrival at Louth County Hospital after being found unconscious in bed by her four-year-old son.
The inquest at Horncastle Registration Office heard a suicide note was found next to the bed where Mrs Bee, who had a history of depression, was found unconscious.
A police investigation was launched after Mrs Bee’s sister raised concerns that the suicide note had been penned by Mrs Bee’s husband, Stephen.
A handwriting analysis concluded Mrs Bee was the author of the note.
Mr Bee told the inquest that on the evening of January 9, his wife had been “upset” and “depressed”.
“She used to worry about her weight. She used to worry about everything. I was trying to tell her that whatever she believed of herself it didn’t matter because we were married and we were going to live the rest of our lives together,” he said.
Mr Bee told the hearing he had gone to sleep downstairs.
The next morning, he was woken up by his youngest son, who said he could not wake his mum.
A GP report by Dr Patricia Stovin, of Kidgate Surgery, Louth, revealed Mrs Bee was given anti-depressants following the birth of her second child in 1995 and began using them again in November 2004.
Dr Stovin said in the 12 years she had cared for Mrs Bee, she had not been aware of any attempt to take her own life.
Det Sgt Andy Harwood, of Louth CID, said officers noticed Mrs Bee’s handwriting in cards was different to the handwriting in the suicide note.
However, he said this was because she had two different styles – a simple one for letters and a more artistic one for cards.
He stated there were no similarities between Mrs Bee’s handwriting and that of her husband’s.
Assistant Deputy Coroner Paul Smith recorded a verdict of suicide.