Mother found hanged during Christmas party at her home, inquest hears
Mother-of-two, 32, hanged herself after taking cocaine and drinking wine during an impromptu Christmas party at her home, inquest hears
- Lucy Hosker, 32, was found hanged during Christmas get-together at her home
- She told friends she was going to bed but was found hanged from a banister
- Medical report said the mother-of-two had consumed cocaine and alcohol
- She was described as a woman with a ‘big smile and infectious laugh’
An apparently happy-go-lucky mother-of-two took her life after she snorted cocaine during a Christmas party at her home, an inquest heard.
Lucy Hosker, 32, hosted an impromptu get-together at her home in Blackburn, Lancshire to wrap presents on December 22, but was said to have suffered a mysterious ‘mood change’ as she and ingested the drug and drank wine that evening.
At 5am she told friends she was going to bed but shortly afterwards was found hanged from a banister. Paramedics were called but Miss Hosker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe the cocaine plus alcohol she consumed may have had a role in her death.
Lucy Hosker, 32, was found hanged during Christmas get-together at her home in Blackburn, Lancshire on December 22. That evening she had consumed cocaine and drank wine. She told friends she was going to bed and found hanged from a banister
Tests showed traces of the drug in her system and that she would have been one and a half times over alcohol limit for driving.
Details emerged at a 20 minute inquest, at Lancashire County Court, where a coroner recorded a verdict of suicide despite him calling no witnesses from the party to give evidence.
Miss Hosker’s partner was too upset to testify.
Miss Hosker described as a woman with a ‘big smile and infectious laugh’ who enjoyed playing practical jokes had thrown the party at her home.
Details emerged at a 20 minute inquest, at Lancashire County Court, where a coroner recorded a verdict of suicide despite him calling no witnesses from the party to give evidence (Pictured: Miss Hosk)
Coroner Richard Taylor told relatives of Miss Hosker at the hearing: ‘On the night there was an impromptu party at her house. A number of people began to gather and before long there were several people in the home.
‘It wasn’t a planned party – some arrived and there was wrapping of Christmas presents. Later, more came over and most of the party was held in the kitchen.
‘At around 5am the following morning she told her guests she was going to bed but a short time later she was found hanging from the banister.
‘There is not a lot of doubt in this case. She died having suspended herself. I am so sorry for your loss. Please pass that to all who have been impacted by this. ‘
Detective Inspector Mark Saunders, the only witness called to give evidence at the hearing told the inquest: ‘From speaking to witnesses who were at the party, it had been very impromptu with different people coming and going.
‘Towards the end of the night, the party was mostly taking place in the kitchen. All admitted that there had been some drug taking and the consumption of alcohol.
‘But there was no indication from any of the witnesses that something like this was going to happen.
‘People say her mood changed at the end of the night around 5 or 5.30. Before then people say her behaviour was one of talking about the future and otherwise normal.
‘At 5-5.30am her mood changed and drink and drugs may have had some influence. The dressing gown chord was found tied above the banister. There was no suspicious circumstances.’
Miss Hosker described as a woman with a ‘big smile and infectious laugh’ who enjoyed playing practical jokes had thrown the party at her home
No toxicology experts were called to give evidence but brief extracts of a medical report read to the hearing said Miss Hosker had 125 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in her system. The alcohol limit for driving is 80mg.
There was also signs of cocaine use – but not in ‘excessive amounts.’
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