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Woman, 66, suffering depression jumped to her death

A GRANDMOTHER jumped to her death from a bedroom window just hours after being allowed home from a specialist mental health unit.

Jean Spendler, 66, was found fatally injured by her husband, Kenneth, outside their Dewsbury home.

She died a short time later at Dewsbury District Hospital from multiple injuries.

Huddersfield Coroners Court heard yesterday that Mrs Spendler's family had concerns that she was being allowed to return to her home on School Crescent in Dewsbury Moor.

She had been a voluntary in-patient at the Priestley Unit at Dewsbury District Hospital since November last year.

She was allowed home for Christmas Day and Boxing Day - but it did not work out.

Her daughter, Sharon Spendler, told the Huddersfield hearing: "All Christmas she kept begging me to drop her off at the River Calder. It was a terrible Christmas."

She said her mother had tried to kill herself once before.

Mrs Spendler had suffered from depression for more than 20 years and her condition had been controlled by medication, but her condition had worsened over the last two years.

Sharon said: "When she was controlled by the medication she loved life and was a wonderful mum and Nana."

Mrs Spendler was allowed home again on January 6.

Mr Spendler said she was very quiet all day and seemed depressed.

She told him she was going upstairs to lie down and at about 6pm he shouted up to ask if she wanted a cup of tea.

But when there was no response he went to investigate and found the bedroom window open.

He looked out and to his horror saw his wife gravely injured on the ground below.

Shortly after she was taken to Dewsbury District Hospital by ambulance Mr Spendler was told the terrible news that his wife was dying and he was at her bedside for her final moments.

Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict that Mrs Spendler had taken her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 11, 2006
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