|Danielle Saul, who tragically took her own life (Picture: Cavendish)|
A woman hanged herself after struggling to cope with her feelings for an ex boyfriend. Danielle Saul, 31, had her own flat in Manchester with her cat – but she longed to settle down with someone. At the same time, all of her best friends were getting engaged or married.
She bumped into her ex while on a night out in Manchester last June, and invited him and his friends back to her flat for more drinks.
However, she was upset when he left the next day without them reconnecting, an inquest heard. Three days later, her body was found by a friend who became concerned after not hearing from her. There was no note with her body.
|Danielle as a bridesmaid (Picture: Cavendish)|
‘I think she had an overload that weekend with the upset from her previous relationship,’ her mum Karen told the hearing. ‘I think she hoped they would get back together.’ Danielle’s mum also told the court that her daughter had dealt with stresses from a previous job, because of a ‘difficult bullying boss’.
‘At the time quite a number of her friends were getting married and she was going to hen parties and she was going to be a bridesmaid,’ Mrs Saul added. ‘[The hanging] might have been a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Had she talked about it we would have been there for her.’
|She had bumped into an ex three days earlier (Picture: Cavendish)|
Danielle’s best friend Lucy Nixon, who had known her for 15 years, told the court: ‘She did tell me in 2014 that she wanted to see a counsellor because she needed to deal with her demons.’ A post-mortem revealed that she had 162mg of alcohol in 100mg of blood. The legal limit to drive is 80mg.
Coroner Jean Harkin recorded a conclusion of misadventure, telling the court that there wasn’t enough evidence Danielle actually intended to take her own life.
‘I don’t feel I have the evidence beyond reasonable doubt that she intended to die,’ she said. ‘I believe alcohol may have had an intoxicating impact whereby the full outcome of her actions may not have been totally realised.’
- Metro, UK