Wife’s fatal fall from flat window was a “probable suicide”

A WOMAN who was addicted to painkillers for 20 years was found dead in the car park of a block of flats after falling around 30ft from her bedroom window.

Sarah Waine, 61, was found face down with multiple injuries in the car park at Cromarty Court in Seddlescombe Gardens, St Leonards on December 12.

East Sussex Coroner’s Court heard how Mrs Waine had been seen by her husband Stephen inside their flat just 20 minutes before she was found dead.

The couple had been married for 40 years but had a stormy relationship.

Mr Waine, who has since died, had terminal cancer.

He told police his wife “had an addiction to painkillers and drank heavily.”

He also stated she had mental health problems and had been diagnosed with opiate addiction.

Mrs Waine’s sister-in-law Lesley Ford said the couple had smoked marijuana for many years.

Mrs Ford said: “She seemed to fall apart when he became ill. Since he had been ill she said she didn’t want to be here.”

A post mortem revealed Mrs Waine died from multiple injuries and had more than three times the legal alcohol limit for driving in her blood.

PC Chris Milner said he found an open window in her bedroom but could not give any reason why Mrs Waine would have fallen out.

He said: “It doesn’t seem to make sense. There was nothing that she could have been doing.”

East Sussex Coroner Alan Craze recorded an open verdict.

He said: “We know she had a fairly volatile life. I regard this as a probable suicide but not a proven suicide. It could not have been observed.

“There was no written note. She was full of alcohol which makes it much more difficult not easier for the coroner to work out what went through her mind.”