‘Knocks’ ended in death of Burnley woman (37)

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A troubled woman from Burnley hanged herself at home after suffering a “number of knocks” in her life.

Miss Michelle Chappell (37) was found by her sisters hanging from the loft of her home in Moorland Road, Burnley, on June 9th this year.

A number of notes to relatives were found at the scene.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard that Miss Chappell had “got into bother” when she was younger.

A statement from her sister Victoria Chappell said: “Michelle was a bit of a rebel when she was younger.

“She started drinking and taking things she shouldn’t have done, but calmed down when she met her former partner around 11 years ago.

“She later separated from this partner and another. When I saw her shortly before her death she had also lost her job.

“She seemed very down and said that no-one loved or cared for her. I tried to tell her that they did.”

The inquest heard that Miss Chappell had been on medication in the late 1990s for depression and had once been rescued from the canal.

A post-mortem examination, conducted by pathologist Dr Richard Prescott found the cause of death to be hanging.

Toxicology tests found no evidence that alcohol or drugs were in any way implicated directly in her death.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor, recording a conclusion that she took her own life, said: “I see a young lady who had several significant knocks in the weeks before her death. She clearly suffered from depression and sadly took her own life.”