Woman in woods took her own life

Franita Swart
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A WOMAN found hanged in woodland had a history of suicide attempts, an inquest has heard.

Franita Swart-Smith had taken three overdoses of prescription medication and tried to asphyxiate herself once in the month before.

She had been staying with her former fiance Frederick Hall in Orchid Close, Knowle Village, when she disappeared.

He reported her missing when he returned home from work at 6pm on March 23.

Mr Hall, 36, found she had left her mobile phone and keys in the house.

Although the couple had been set to marry in April after a whirlwind romance, Mr Hall called off the engagement in January – but the two remained friends.

The 30-year-old, from London, was last seen alive by psychiatric nurse Garrett Hill on March 23 during a home visit at around midday.

He told the inquest, held at Winchester, that he only found her ‘moderately depressed’, but was going to arrange for her to see a consultant psychiatrist the next day.

Mr Hall called 999 and a wide-scale search was launched because of her mental health.

She was found the next day by a police officer next to a path off Mayles Lane.

The South African ex-pat had been diagnosed as bipolar in 2001 and had tried to stab and shoot herself during her teens.

Coroner Grahame Short recorded a verdict that she took her own life.

He said: ‘I think no-one should feel responsible for not preventing this death given the circumstances.’