Woman found hanged at home had seen doctors

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A WOMAN was found hanged at home, an inquest has heard.

Christine Shaw had been seeing doctors regularly before her death on August 10 last year.

The inquest heard how Mrs Shaw, 34, had been depressed over problems at work and in starting a family with husband Martin.

Her GP Dr Michael Johns, of the Cowplain Family Practice, told how Mrs Shaw had been coming to him since June 2010 with complaints of ‘depression.’

He also told how Mrs Shaw didn’t want medication, but had agreed to counselling. On August 8, Mr Shaw told the inquest how he came home from a jog to find his wife holding a knife to her throat.

‘She was very panicky, very distressed,’ he said. ‘She was threatening to kill herself.’

They went to the GP’s surgery the next evening and saw Dr Nicola Millen. But Mrs Shaw convinced Dr Millen she was not at risk of harming herself.

Mrs Shaw’s friend Rachel Dale called her at about 9.30am on August 10 and arranged to come around to her home in Coulter Road, Waterlooville.

When she arrived she knocked on the door and let herself in as usual. But when she received no reply to her calls, she searched the home and found Mrs Shaw on the first floor landing.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, David Horsley, the coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, said: ‘I think she was making a gesture for help, but didn’t know how to really express that.’