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Suicide verdict in bridge fall inquest

PUBLISHED: 19:42 27 September 2007 | UPDATED: 10:58 02 March 2010

Karen Fryer

Karen Fryer

A WOODBRIDGE woman who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia had suffered from increasing mood swings in the time leading up to her death, an inquest heard.

A WOODBRIDGE woman who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia had suffered from increasing mood swings in the time leading up to her death, an inquest heard.

The body of Karen Fryer, 34, of Orwell Court, was found at the bottom of a bridge by a railway line at Broomheath, Woodbridge, on June 24 this year.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean told the inquest at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court how the body had been found when a passer-by noticed the former Farlingaye High School pupil's car parked but unoccupied.

The man, from Woodbridge, walked to the edge of the railway bridge and looked over the side where he saw the body of the woman lying between the two sets of railway tracks, directly under the bridge.

She was motionless and pale with no signs of breathing. He called 999 on his mobile phone and paramedics attended, who confirmed that she was dead.

The cause of death was given as multiple injuries and her body was identified by Miss Fryer's father, Peter.

Dr Dean said: “There were therapeutic amounts of medication drugs in her system, but no alcohol or other drugs - there is no suggestion they played any part in this tragedy.”

He also read from a statement from her mother who said her daughter's history of psychiatric illness resulting in mood swings had become more problematic over the last year.

He also read from a statement made by friends of Miss Fryer saying she had been with them the previous evening and at that time showed no sign she planned to do anything out of the ordinary.

Dr Dean recorded a verdict that she had taken her own life, saying: “Looking at the evidence we can only conclude that she did this as an intentional act, there is nothing to suggest she was impaired by anything untoward.

“Psychological illness is an illness like any other - and sadly has tragic consequences like other illnesses.”

Prior to the inquest, Miss Fryer's mother spoke to The Evening Star, and said how she had tried to comfort her while she suffered from the symptoms of mental illness, just hours before it is believed she died.

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