Wife's fatal pill overdose

A WOMAN troubled by the collapse of her marriage took a fatal overdose of anti-depressants at her parents' home.

Tracy Poulter (40) was estranged from husband Neil and hoped they would be reconciled.

But he told her he wanted to make their separation permanent by getting divorced, an inquest was told.

Mrs Poulter was found in her bedroom at her parents’ home in Rock Terrace, Bakewell, by her mother, Bunty Chatfield, at 9.30pm on March 21.

She had been ‘violently ill’ and empty blister packs of prescribed pills and a partially consumed bottle of brandy were found nearby.

Pc Robert Gadsby told the Chesterfield inquest that two notes she had written, to her husband and her parents, were found at the scene.

Mrs Poulter was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, where she was declared dead.

Pc Gadsby said: “She had suffered from severe depression and anorexia for some years.

“She had made two previous suicide attempts in the last five years and survived because Neil discovered her.

“Her mother said Tracy always believed the relationship could be reconciled.”

The inquest heard that Mrs Poulter had moved back to her parents’ home in February of last year following a spell in Hartington mental health unit at the Royal Hospital.

Pc Gadsby added: “She was trusted to self-medicate and had promised she would never attempt suicide in her parents’ home.”

Pathologist Dr Roger Start stated that Mrs Poulter had died from an overdose of diazepam, zopiclone and paracetamol.

North Derbyshire Coroner Tom Kelly recorded a verdict of death from self-administered drug poisoning.