Saturday, 19th September 2009
'Our sunshine girl had everything to live for'
Published Date: 18 September 2009
By Staff Copy
OUR "sunshine girl" with "everything to live for" – that is how a woman who drowned in a river at Tickton has been described at an inquest into her death.
The body of Carol Mary Brannock (52) of Hawthorne Garth, Beverley, was recovered from the water in Tickton after it was spotted by a dog walker on the morning of Thursday May 7, the coroner’s court in Hull was told.
The court heard that Mrs Brannock had battled severe depression and anxiety for over a decade, a problem exacerbated by the breakdown of her marriage.
Mrs Brannock took an overdose in 2005 leading to regular appointments with a psychiatrist and she was prescribed varying doses of anti-depressants over the years as well as undergoing a range of treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy.
Mrs Brannock’s mother Elisabeth Brannock told the court she last spoke to her daughter on May 6 when they made plans to go shopping the next day.
“When she left me she hugged me and said I love you mum but that was nothing unusual, she had always been a very lovable person,” she said.
Elisabeth Brannock lived next door to her daughter but was immediately concerned when community psychiatrist nurse, Dawn Lesley Marr, got no reply from the house during a routine visit.
Elisabeth let herself into her daughter’s home but police were called after a note of intent was found on the dining room table.
Their worst fears were confirmed hours later when a body found earlier that morning was identified as that of Mrs Brannock.
Pathologist Laslo Karsai told the court that he found no natural cause of death and ruled out an overdose after finding only a “therapeutic range” of anti-depressants in her body, concluding that the cause of death was drowning.
But Mrs Brannock senior told the court she could not believe her daughter would take her own life describing her as a “strong swimmer”.
Mrs Brannock was born in Hamburg, Germany and attended college in Salisbury going onto work as a secretary for an insurance company.
She later returned to live in Germany after marrying David Coward and the couple had a daughter, Katie.
“She has always been my sunshine girl. She lived for Katie and to leave her behind she must have been desperate,” Elisabeth Brannock added.
Mrs Brannock later returned to the UK and settled in Beverley to give her daughter some stability in her education but her marriage later broke down, the court was told.
Ms Marr said Mrs Brannock had a “long history of anxiety” but by 2008 seemed to be improving and after several relapses was “fully functioning”.
But by the end of March Mrs Brannock’s anxiety seemed to be returning and she was concerned about a relapse, Ms Marr added.
Recording an open verdict, Coroner Geoffrey Saul said he had taken particular note of the evidence from Elisabeth Brannock when she said her daughter was a strong swimmer and he could not be sure beyond all reasonable doubt that Mrs Brannock intended to take her own life in the river at that time.
The full article contains 530 words and appears in Beverley Guardian newspaper.
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- Location: Beverley