Suicide verdict after woman finds lesbian wife hanged

A young woman had been discussing her future plans to have children with her lesbian partner the day before she was found hanged.

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Her body was found by her partner, Grace Ang-Lygate, whom she married in a civil ceremony last year.

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Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe, returned a verdict of suicide and said: “It is not clear what was going through her mind at the time and we will never know.”

Accountant Ellen, who had a history of depression, was discovered in the bedroom of her home in Windmill Lane, Stratford, on October 20, 2013, where the couple had lived together for three years.

Walthamstow Coroners’ Court heard how she had told her partner about having suicidal thoughts in the past, but had scared herself when she started writing a suicide note.

Speaking to the Recorder after the verdict, Grace said: “Elle and I were together from the age of 21 and losing her has left a huge hole in my life.”

Read more at newhamrecorder.co.uk

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