Gwersyllt woman discovered hanged in garden on 25th birthday

Published date: 19 February 2014 |
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A WOMAN was found dead in her back garden on her 25th birthday, an inquest has heard.

Donna Marie Derwent, of Maes-y-Coed, Gwersyllt, was found hanged at 7.15am on September 28, 2013.

Her husband Antony Derwent made the grim discovery.

An inquest into her death, held at Wrexham’s Guildhall yesterday, heard Mrs Derwent, a mother-of-three, had drunk the equivalent of 15 glasses of wine or spirits on the night before her death as she celebrated turning 25 at home with her husband.

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, who returned a narrative conclusion, said there was no evidence it had been Mrs Derwent’s intention to end her life, however her actions “did result in her death”.

He added the levels of alcohol and cannabis in her system when found dead were contributing factors in her death.

The inquest heard that Mrs Derwent had been drinking with her partner when, at 2am on September 28, she decided to call round to a friend’s house nearby.

Mr Derwent went up to bed and did not see his wife again until 7.15am, when he saw her body hanging in the garden.

A report by pathologist Dr Pauline Dowling, of Wrexham Maelor Hospital, showed Mrs Derwent had 293 mg of alcohol in her system per 100 ml of blood, the “equivalent of 15 glasses of wine or spirit measures”.

The report also said cannabis was found in her body.

Sian Walker, Mrs Derwent’s sister-in-law, said: “It has destroyed the family. She was a troubled girl but she lived for her three kids.”

A report from Pen y Maes medical centre, Summerhill, said Mrs Derwent had a history of depression.

It added she had long-term problems with excessive alcohol consumption, but had never given any indication of wanting to harm herself.

Concluding, Mr Gittins said he could not be certain this was an attempted suicide and neither could he be sure it was an accident.

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