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Open verdict on Thornton Heath woman found dead at home

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A WOMAN was found hanged minutes after helping her husband search for money missing from their newsagents, an inquest heard.

Mekala Sanjeevan was found at her home in Wiltshire Road, Thornton Heath, on November 23 last year, after helping her husband search for £2,500 missing from their shop on the same road.

Inspector Simon Ellingham told Croydon Coroners' Court that police found no suspicious circumstances around the death of the 27-year-old.

Sri Lankan-born Mrs Sanjeevan had left a brief suicide note.

Croydon coroner Dr Roy Palmer, however, said he could not be sure she intended to take her own life. He returned an open verdict.

Summing up, Dr Palmer said: "In the evening in question she and her husband were working in the newsagent. There was thought to be a discrepancy in the money of some £2,500.

"We have heard according to the husband's account the lady went back to her own property to search for the money.

"She did not come back, the husband became concerned, went to investigate and found her hanging.

"I am uncomfortable to think that I am sure that she meant to end her life that night."


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