A YOUNG mum was found hanged hours after rowing with her boyfriend at a wedding party over “petty cheating allegations”, an inquest has heard.
Emily Evans, 27, passed away on July 27 following the “vitriolic” argument with her partner, who admitted he’d sent her “not very pleasant” text messages on the day she died.
The Walsall mum-of-one was a “caring, fun-loving and family orientated” woman, her mother, Joanne Beech, told Black Country Coroner’s Court.
The inquest heard that Emily, an administrator, and boyfriend Steven Davis had been at a wedding reception at Wolverhampton pub.
The Birmingham Mail reports that they left the celebrations separately – with Emily driving Steven’s car to their house in Walsall.
Upon arriving home, Steven – a groundworker – walked upstairs and Emily went outside to retrieve her cigarettes from his car.
However, the door automatically closed and locked behind her, and she couldn’t get back in.
The court was told that she smashed Steven’s car window with a garden ornament.
Steven then drove the damaged car to a nearby convenience store.
While out, he sent her “not very pleasant” messages, goading her about a Facebook post which had alleged that Emily had been unfaithful.
Later that night, he returned home and discovered Emily’s body.
Emily was planning for the future, looking at wedding dresses and baby names.
Joanne Beech, Emily’s mum
Emily’s mum told the Coroner’s Court that the couple, “without alcohol, were quite happy.
“There was no evidence that she would consider life without Steve.”
Joanne said that seven nights before the couple returned home from a recent holiday in Turkey, “they had a bad row that ended in violence”.
The inquest – attended by more than 40 family and friends – heard that her daughter, a Manchester United fan, loved her son, and Steven’s two kids.
Speaking about the day of Emily’s passing, Joanne accused Steven of being “horrible to her all day.
“Emily slipped on her way out of the toilet and hurt her knee. She told Steven ‘I think I have broken my knee’, to which he replied ‘pity it wasn’t your neck’.”
A post-mortem found that she had died by hanging.
Her mum said that Emily’s death had “completely shocked” her, as her daughter was “very anti-suicide, especially for people with children.
“I think something went dramatically wrong, because she had her son, who she loved immensely and she loved Steven.”
The inquest heard that Emily was “planning for the future, looking at wedding dresses and baby names”, according to emails written by her.
Summing up, Senior Coroner for the Black Country, Zafar Siddique, said that Emily was a “very caring, fun-loving” woman who “would do anything for anyone. She always put others first.
“She was a young mum, and was looking forward to the future. Emily was in a relationship for over a year with Steven Davis.
“While there were some concerns, they generally seemed happy together.”
In relation to the couple’s row at the wedding reception, the Coroner said that, “drink played a part. The argument involved petty allegations and quickly spiralled and became vitriolic”.
He added that Emily had “no history of mental illness, was not on any anti-depressant medication, and no notes were left at the scene.
“This came as a bolt out of the blue for everyone. [Emily] was future-oriented based on everything I’ve heard.
“I’m recording this as a death by misadventure. I am satisfied she… didn’t intend the outcome.
“On evidence, she did not intend to take her own life.
“She may have expected her partner to find her. It is a deeply tragic loss of a young mum.”
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