Young Dunstable woman’s death ruled a suicide

Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children  Start of Life
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children  Start of Life

A troubled young woman from Dunstable took her own life after suffering depression and alcohol-related illnesses, an inquest heard.

27-year-old Cindy Brooks was found hanging by a cord at the home she shared in West Street with her fiance Albert Miller on February 11, 2016.

Mr Miller told today’s inquest at Ampthill that ex-barmaid Cindy had been battling withdrawal symptoms including insomnia after a long struggle to keep off alcohol.

He said: “She was a lovely person, the first time she met me it was with open arms. I was devastated, I didn’t think she would do this.”

Mr Miller found Cindy in the bathroom of their home after returning from work at around 6pm. Paramedics were called but after 15 minutes of attempted resuscitation, she was pronounced dead at 6.24pm.

A post-mortem report showed evidence of an “appreciative” amount of alcohol in her blood, as well as medication which had been prescribed.

A report from her GP described she had suffered from alcohol dependency since 2004, and had been treated for anxiety and depression since 2012.

It also showed that between July 24, 2014 until her death she was admitted to A&E seven times and was in and out of alcohol treatment plans.

Hearbroken Mr Miller said: “I met her in a hostel in Dallow Road [Luton] so I knew her about eight or nine months. We were due to get married on June 25.

“I’m shocked. My main worry was she couldn’t sleep at night.

“She was social but if anybody upset her, it would worry her. She was a worrier.”

Mr Miller said Cindy had largely cut back from alcohol but the attending police officer noted in his report that she had started drinking again at the time of death.

Mr Miller said he spent June 25 with Cindy’s parents at Dunstable Downs, on what would have been her wedding day. He described her parents and sister as “devastated” by her death.

A cause of death was registered as suicide by the coroner.