Woman’s body found wedged between bed and chest of drawers

An inquest was this week unable to determine how a Queen’s Park woman died after she was found wedged between her bed and chest of drawers.

Lydia Jackson, 42, was last seen entering her sheltered accommodation in Beethoven Street on June 23.

When she failed to contact her care coordinator for a number of days he forced his way into her flat on June 29 and found her body in the bedroom.

Westminster Coroners Court heard there were no signs of injury on Miss Jackson’s body and toxicology reports showed no alcohol in her system and therapeutic levels of just one prescribed drug.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox recorded the death as a ‘sudden unexplained adult death’ due to natural causes.


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Miss Jackson, who was described as “academically gifted”, had performed well at school before taking up a place to study at Loughborough University.

However, she was plagued by mental health problems for much of her adult life and dropped out of university after only one year due to anxiety issues.

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The court heard she was admitted to mental health clinics 16 times in her life as she suffered with anxiety, depression and associated problems.

She tried to take her own life by jumping out of a hostel window in 1997 while she also took a number of overdoses and started to self-harm throughout the 1990s.

However, a post mortem revealed there were no indications of suicide associated with her death.

Dr Wilcox said Miss Jackson had been prescribed a number of drugs for her mental health but they were not found in her body during the post mortem.

She said: “With the lack of injury and the lack of disturbance of the way the body was lying at the scene, I make the inference that Miss Jackson almost certainly died and rolled into the position she was found in.”

She added: “It’s apparent that she must have stopped all the medication at least two days before her death.

“There are concerns from the family that she may have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms but we have no evidence of that causing her death.”

She reached a verdict of natural causes.

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