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Byline: By WAYNE NOWACZYK South Wales Echo

A decade of depression proved too much to bear for a 50-year-old mother, an inquest has heard.

Just two days after seeing doctors about her condition, Lorna Rowe was found in the garden shed at her home in Rowan Drive, Porthcawl, on Saturday, August 10, 2002, with a plastic bag tied over her head.

Her husband Philip Rowe told the Glamorgan coroner Philip Walters he found his wife collapsed, untied the cord and attempted to resuscitate her before handing over to paramedics.

Mrs Rowe was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, in Bridgend, but she died on August 14, from complications due to oxygen starvation.

Pathologist Dr Alan Rees told the hearing at Pontypridd Magistrates' Court that Mrs Rowe had been prescribed antidepressants but there was no evidence of an overdose.

He said the cause of death was suffocation.

A police report said no suicide notes or other material to indicate what Mrs Rowe's frame of mind had been found in the shed, which the couple's son Ryan had cleared out.

Coroner Mr Phillips recorded a verdict that Mrs Rowe had killed herself by suffocation but said he could not be sure it had been intentional.

He said: 'This lady had been clearly unwell for a considerable amount of time.

'She saw her doctors just days before she was admitted to hospital and there was no third party involvement.

'But I have to find clear intention to record a verdict of suicide.

'Putting a plastic bag over the head doesn't provide clear intention, particularly where someone is suffering from a depressive illness.

'It doesn't amount to a decision to take one's own life.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 13, 2004
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