Mum ‘accidentally’ hanged herself in ‘cry for help’ after ‘tiff’ with boyfriend

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A young mum accidentally killed herself after she and her boyfriend argued the night before, a coroner has ruled in an inquest.

Ella Lomas, 24, was discovered by partner Bradley Salmon hanging at their home in Fair Oak, Hampshire, after they had a "tiff at a party".

At the inquest in Winchester, the hearing was told the trainee accountant was just trying to "make a gesture" or was "crying out for help" and did not intend to take her own life.

In am emotional conversation with her mum in the days before her death, she had confessed: "My level of expectation of how somebody should love me is too high. I do not think Bradley loves me anymore."

Lindsay Johnstone, Ella's mum, said in a statement: "She had been stressed recently, which was due to various things.

"She was the main breadwinner, a high-level accountant running a home.

"She had, unfortunately, failed an exam in January but she had already re-booked it for March 9, she had prepared herself for failing this in January."

Devastated boyfriend Mr Salmon told the coroner in a written statement how the pair met while Ms Lomas was working at the Switch nightclub in Southampton and they later had a daughter together.

He said: "Our relationship was perfect. We loved the simple things in life, as long as we were together.

"Ella had never done anything like this to make me worry about her in this way, which is why I think this was never meant to happen."

Ambulance records told how medics attended Ms Lomas's home shortly after 2am in the early hours of March 6 this year.

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She had been found by her boyfriend and paramedics tried to resuscitate her on the way to hospital but she unfortunately died.

Mr Salmon's statement described how Ms Lomas had been going out on the evening of March 5, for a celebratory work night for her firm.

He had come to pick her up and driven some of her friends home, the coroner explained.

There was "a little bit of friction" on the drive home.

Mr Salmon had opted to sleep on the sofa and discuss the things the following day, while Ms Lomas went to their bedroom and could be heard pacing around by a friend who was there to babysit.

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Mr Salmon was heard to say: “Just go to bed, we will talk about it tomorrow”.

Area coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

She said: “From the moment they met, they were together all the time. He quite obviously absolutely adored her and felt that she was his soulmate.

"At that point in time she did not feel Bradley loved her quite enough and they went on to have this little tiff, that would have perhaps blown over any other time in their relationship.

"I could be wrong, but I do not see there is sufficient evidence that she intended to take her own life. It is more of a gesture or a cry for help.”

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