Woman who was sexually abused as a child died from excess drinking, inquest rules — (North Devon Journal)

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North Devon Journal

Posted: August 21, 2013

AN unemployed leisure centre manager, who was sexually abused as a child, was found dead at her home in Berrynarbor having drunk nearly three times the drink drive legal limit, an inquest heard.

Juliana Verity-King, 58, was found dead on January 9 by her community support worker, it was heard at the inquest at North Devon Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard how she was abused as a child and had suffered from long term mental health problems as a result.

Juliana’s GP Dr Annabelle Tree said she had treated her for post traumatic stress and conversion disorder. She confirmed she was on medication for her condition.

Despite refusing further intervention from a psychiatrist after a series of sessions, Juliana started the therapy again just two days before her death.

Psychologist Dr Elizabeth Murphy said in a report that Juliana had suffered 25 years of enduring trauma of being abused as a child, including flashbacks.

The inquest heard how Juliana had become very isolated living in a chalet at Watermouth Lodges in Berrynarbor.

Her support worker, Carol Miller, visited her once a week to take her shopping. Carol went to the lodge on January 9 but when there was no answer she became worried.

It was not until she discovered the lodge was open that she could get inside and found Juliana’s body slumped in her bedroom having fallen out of bed.