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By Paul Cassell
Nina Reardon was found by her husband David in the garage at their home in Hemdean Road
Nina Reardon, 57, was found by her husband David in the garage at their home in Hemdean Road, Caversham, on August 22.
The inquest at the Civic Centre on Tuesday heard how Mr Reardon, 54, returned from playing tennis with a friend to find the back door of the house open.
He went into the garage and discovered his wife hanging from rope they kept in the kitchen.
He cut her down with scissors, administered CPR and called 999.
A note on top of a chest of drawers in the garage read: “I did it myself.”
In a statement, Mr Reardon explained he got up earlier that morning and went into his home office to do some work, before his wife awoke and asked if she could call her mother in Russia.
He recalled how he had previously spoken to his mother-in-law about his wife’s health.
She had been suffering with anxiety which had deteriorated, leading her to become more depressed.
Mr Reardon said his wife did not discuss her problems with him, but said she had a history of anxiety and depression and may have attempted self-harm in Russia in 1992.
On arrival, paramedics found Mrs Reardon unconscious on the garage floor and in cardiac arrest. Further attempts were made to revive her but she died at the scene.
Mrs Reardon, born Nina Surkova, was from Moscow, having been born in Petrozavodsk about 260 miles north of St Petersburg.
She had been prescribed antidepressants by her GP since November 2012. She told her doctor about losing her job and two months before she died admitted she had suicidal thoughts, but said she had no intention of taking her life.
A statement from her GP said Mrs Reardon claimed to be intolerant to her medication, complained of unpleasant side-effects and was later seen by an independent counsellor, but felt this was not helpful.
During one counselling session, she said she had become fixated on finding another job and was feeling homesick because she had no friends and did not have the motivation to find any.
A toxicology examination proved neutral and a post mortem examination found the cause of death to be compression of the neck by ligature. Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford recorded a verdict of suicide due to depression.