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Mother had blazing row over 'affair', inquest told.

Byline: Sion Morgan Reporter

AMARRIED woman had a "blazing row" with her husband over an alleged affair on the night she was last seen alive by loved ones, an inquest heard.

Christine Humphrey's body was found on Aberavon beach on November 15 last year - four days after she went missing from home on Port Talbot's Sandfields housing estate.

A statement read as evidence by Christine's daughter, Charlotte Humphrey, said her mother "did not know how to control her emotions" following a diagnosis of depression and a bipolar condition.

She said her mother would often disappear for four or five days at a time without notice, although she would always contact the family to let them know she was fine.

On November 10, the night before her disappearance, Ms Humphrey said her mum had a "blazing argument" with husband Desmond after finding "evidence of infidelity" in his car.

She was described as "brokenhearted" and told her daughter: "I can't live without him, I can't do this again."

Ms Humphrey added: "She was in shock and traumatised by what happened."

The inquest heard that Ms Humphrey got up for work at 5am the following morning to find her mother had left the house without her phone, spare clothing or money.

But her mother had promised that she would not do "anything stupid," a coroner was told.

Ms Humphrey added: "I was positive I would find her. I did not think she would harm herself."

Mr Humphrey said his wife had attempted to take her own life on three previous occasions, including by taking an overdose in 2013. He added: "I personally think Christine did intend to take her own life. I think when I said I was leaving that night it did not help the situation."

The hearing was also told of a call to South Wales Police on November 14 detailing a positive sighting of Mrs Humphrey in Port Talbot's New Look clothing store, confirming she was still alive that afternoon.

Giving evidence PC Robert Bambridge said the deceased, who was later identified as 54-year-old Mrs Humphrey, was found a day later on Aberavon beach, fully clothed except for her bare feet.

Aled Griffiths, assistant coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, said post-mortem toxicology results revealed small concentrations of paracetamol and fluoxetine, an antidepressant, in Mrs Humphrey's blood although neither would have contributed to her death.

The cause of death was confirmed as drowning.

Delivering a narrative verdict Mr Griffiths said he could "in no way be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that Mrs Humphrey had intended to take her own life as it was not clear if her drowning had been intentional or unintentional.


Aberavon beach, where the body of the body of Christine Humphrey, right, was found

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Date:Mar 4, 2015
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