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Mum's last scrawl: 'I love my children'.

Byline: CARL BUTLER

A MOTHER scrawled "I love my children" on the wall of their bedroom where she was found hanging.

On the bunk bed was a photograph of Clare Louise Ashcroft's two children along with notes to them.

A Mold inquest heard when her body was found at her home in Aston Hall Lane, Hawarden, in January, her then boyfriend, Matthew O'Hare, had been arrested but never charged with an offence.

Deputy North East Wales coroner John Gittins, recording an open verdict, said there was no evidence of foul play and he had to consider whether it was a cry for help or suicide. The evidence did not fully support either.

Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rogers said death was by ligature strangulation with no evidence of manual strangulation. The coroner said he ruled out a verdict of unlawful killing.

Her father Robert John Ashcroft claimed Mr O'Hare was physically abusive towards his daughter and he did not believe his daughter would have taken her own life.

Dr Rogers said he found multiple bruises of varying ages consistent with allegations of domestic violence.

She had 267mg of alcohol in her blood, three times the legal limit for a driver.

The coroner said Mr O'Hare told police he had been at the house that morning, argued and he left to buy cider and cigarettes to make her happy, but when he returned found the back door ajar and believed she was out.

He watched TV for a couple of hours before leaving to go home to Mancot, checked the windows were closed and found Miss Ashcroft in the children's bedroom, hanged by a dressing gown cord from a bunk bed.
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Date:Oct 27, 2009
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