Ski knee injury leads to suicide

A skiing accident started a tragic downward spiral for a Northumberland woman which ended in her taking her own life, an inquest in Morpeth heard yesterday.

A skiing accident started a tragic downward spiral for a Northumberland woman which ended in her taking her own life, an inquest in Morpeth heard yesterday.

Bank clerk Brenda Murdoch, 50, damaged her knee while skiing two years ago and then became addicted to painkillers she was prescribed for the injury.

This led to depression and drinking problems which resulted in Mrs Murdoch receiving medication from her doctor and seeking help from a counsellor for her alcohol misuse.

Eventually things became too much for her and in November she hanged herself at her home in Callaly High Houses near Whittingham, where she lived with her husband Geoffrey and daughter.

On the day she died she had visited her counsellor in Alnwick.

When her husband came home she asked him to go out and get her a bottle of wine.

When he returned to the house she was missing and he found her in the kennels where she had used a dog lead and scarf to hang herself.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had drunk the equivalent of four pints of beer or six measures of spirits. Verdict: Suicide.

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