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Friday 11 November 2011


Woman in car park death plunge tragedy A mother plunged to her death six minutes after buying a bucket to assist in her suicide. An inquest heard that two electricians saw Linda Matthews fall from the top floor of the Swan Walk car park, Horsham, on the evening of June 29. The 58-year-old travel consultant, of Trefoil Close, Horsham, had been treated for depression. She took an overdose in January 2009 and later cut her wrists as a cry for help. Mrs Matthews, who was married with two grown-up children, had aroused the suspicions of a security guard in the same car park three months before she died. But coroner’s officer Lindon Langley told the inquest at Horsham

Magistrates’ Court: “Friends who saw her before she died remarked that she seemed to be in good spirits.” Reading a report based on contributions from other people, Mr Langley said Mrs Matthews had bought a bucket from Wilkinsons six minutes before her death. This enabled her to leap from the edge of the top floor. Mr Langley said: “The deceased left a note extolling her love for her family. She apologised for the hurt that would be caused by her actions.” Coroner Christopher Wilkinson said: “Mrs Matthews had been released from hospital having responded well to treatment. But sadly she seems to have taken a turn for the worse towards the end of June. “It appears that the possibility of

taking her life is something she had considered on a number of occasions.” Mr Wilkinson recorded a verdict of suicide, but he added: “It is clear to me that she had a very supportive and loving family who did everything to help and support her. I also believe that she received good professional support.” Mr Langley said: “We have had two previous deaths from Swan Walk and we are aware that other members of the public who are significantly medically challenged have recently gravitated to this particular car park. “The police and other interested parties have recently come together to see how they can try to protect these vulnerable people.”

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