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‘Accidental death’ of woman, 43, at her Bradford home
8:20am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
Suspicions that a woman found dead at her Bradford home had been struck on the head with a claw hammer were unfounded, an inquest heard yesterday.
When paramedics were called to 43-year-old Susan Murphy’s home in Hill Brow Road, Allerton, Bradford, on April 12 this year they found an identation the size of a ten pence on her forehead.
The inquest was told emergency services had been alerted by her former partner Darren Stanbra, who had let himself in and discovered her lying near a settee close to the front door.
Officers found a claw hammer and also some blood on the corner of a chest of drawers. Miss Murphy had a history of alcohol, depression and anxiety problems and, according to her father Barry Murphy, was prone to falls. A post-mortem examination revealed she had not been drinking alcohol the day she died and that it was haemorrhaging around her brain that killed her.
Her injuries were consistent with a fall.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded.