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Hanged woman ‘struggled in new life’ in Bradford
9:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A woman driven out of her once happy home by nuisance neighbours hanged herself after struggling to settle into a new life in Bradford, an inquest has heard.
Mother-of-two Pamela Lewis, 55, was discovered by a family friend, on August 17 last year, who had called to see her at the privately-rented home in Woodhall Avenue, Thornbury, that she had moved to with help from her son. Yesterday the inquest in Bradford was told how in late 2011 when she was living in social housing in Bramley, Leeds, a situation had escalated with neighbours.
Assistant Deputy Coroner Oliver Longstaff said: “What is clear is that when Mrs Lewis died she was living somewhere where she did not want to live. She had lived at her old house happily from 1998 to late 2011 when a situation with neighbours escalated.
“As a consequence of that, and possibly her own mental health, she took extreme action against the property of those neighbours who then took extreme action against her property.”
Mrs Lewis had ended up in court and in police cells but her neighbours were not prosecuted.
Recording a verdict of suicide, Mr Longstaff said Mrs Lewis, who had left notes to her sons and others close to her, had taken her own life in the privately-rented house.