A TROUBLED ex-primary school teacher hanged herself while her live-in carer was out shopping.
Lesley Gay Crook, 69, who died on June 11 at home in Selsdon Court, Handbridge, had suffered from depression for more than 40 years, Chester coroner’s court heard on Tuesday.
Mrs Crook was found by her carer hanging outside her home.
In a statement, carer Margaret Ford said: “She got up a little later than usual, she had breakfast, a bath and watered the garden, she seemed to be her usual self.”
Mrs Ford left the house at 1.45pm to visit the city centre and returned at 3pm.
“I walked through the living room to open the door at the rear of the property to the garden.
“The door was locked, I unlocked it and saw Mrs Crook’s shoes and legs hanging at head height outside of the property. I tried to resuscitate her then telephoned 999.”
Police sergeant Carlos Brunes said: “I went back into the house and found the rope that was used as the hanging implement. It was intricately wrapped around the base of the bannister at the top of the stairs, quite securely.”
A note was found indicating her intention to commit suicide and a post-mortem later confirmed hanging was the cause death.
The former teacher was described as ‘an artistic, resourceful, imaginative and intelligent, generous, caring and brave lady’.
Coroner Geoffrey Roberts said: “I am sure she committed suicide and therefore that is my conclusion and my verdict.”