Depressed mum-of - two hanged herself

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A Newmarket mother of two found hanged at her home may not have intended to kill herself an inquest has heard.

The body of 36-year-old Alice Bourke was discovered when police broke into her George Lambton Avenue home on November 2 last year after being alerted by her worried daughter.

An inquest in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday heard that Ms Bourke,

who had been drinking, had left a note which was found next to her body.

Recording narrative verdict that Ms Bourke was found hanging after drinking alcohol, assistant Suffolk coroner Yvonne Blake said: “She may have been hoping someone would come home or find her.”

The hearing was told that Ms Bourke, who moved to Newmarket 14 years ago from her native Ireland, had been suffering from depression and had sought help for problems with gambling, alcohol and drugs.

According to her older sister Debbie Hayes Ms Bourke had been “sad and desperate” at the time of her death. She said that despite her own problems, Ms Bourke would always try to help others.

Racing Welfare counsellor Joe Carter, told the inquest that efforts had been made to help Ms Bourke following an approach from one of her friends and she had appeared anxious to succeed.

“Depression really is a horrible illness,” said Ms Blake who added it was unclear whether Ms Bourke had understood or intended the consequences of her actions.