Woman suffering from depression took own life

PUBLISHED: 11:21 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

A WOMAN discovered hanging suffered from depression, an inquest heard. Ceri-ann Painter, 35, of Blenheim Close, Shepreth, was found in a barn in Fowlmere Road on April 21 after she had been missing for two weeks. An inquest at Cambridge Coroner s Court on

A WOMAN discovered hanging suffered from depression, an inquest heard.

Ceri-ann Painter, 35, of Blenheim Close, Shepreth, was found in a barn in Fowlmere Road on April 21 after she had been missing for two weeks.

An inquest at Cambridge Coroner's Court on Thursday, heard how she came under the care of psychiatrists when she was 14, following an overdose.

From then on she suffered depression and made several suicide attempts, the inquest was told.

She had been in and out of hospital, but in 1997 Cambridgeshire social services took over her care.

Dr Rebecca Jacob, a psychiatrist from Fulbourn Hospital who had been treating Ceri-ann since 2004, said: "Over the last eight years her episodes were more frequent and harder to treat.

"She became more non-compliant with treatment and this made her condition more severe and challenging to manage."

Dr Jacob considered her as a high risk patient and a constant concern.

She last saw Ceri-ann in February.

"Ceri-ann was as well as I'd ever seen her," said Dr Jacob.

But just before Ceri-ann went missing, Dr Jacob was told that Ceri-ann was starting to become unwell again.

Dr Jacob said: "It was likely she could have had another relapse."

The barn where Ceri-ann was found dead was at an isolated location, off a main road between Fowlmere and Shepreth.

Sgt Paul Priestley said when police found her she was hanging from a low ceiling.

"The ligature was a dog lead. Her right leg was close to the ground and her left leg was resting on garden furniture which she must have used to jump off," he said.

Assistant deputy coroner Dr Samuel Bass recorded a verdict that Ceri-ann killed herself.

The cause of her death was hanging and a bipolar effective disorder.

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