Man found body of girlfriend who overdosed

A DISTRAUGHT man discovered the body of his dead girlfriend after she had taken a massive overdose.

Bridgette Coombs, 46, of Warrior Square, St Leonards, thought neighbours were spying and gossiping about her son being in prison.

Her boyfriend Christopher Ewens found her lying on her bed surrounded by tablets, an inquest heard last week.

Mr Ewens, a painter and decorator, said his girlfriend of four years had a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality and suffered from depression, which got worse from early 2009.

He said: “She thought neighbours were spying on her when in fact they were not. She could get very paranoid.

“Her mood swings seemed worse when she took her medication so I do not think it helped her.”

Mrs Coombs, a hairdresser, was found on July 21 last year and that morning Mr Ewens discovered he had a missed call on his mobile phone from the night before.

He went to her flat but got no answer and thought his girlfriend was asleep.

He later returned but found her lying on her bed.

Mr Ewens called an ambulance and stayed with his girlfriend until police and paramedics arrived.

The inquest heard that Mrs Coombs had taken a concoction of anti-depressants, sleeping pills and beta blockers, together with alcohol. Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of suicide.