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Inquest hears there were no signs a Stowmarket carer, 20, was unhappy




A young Stowmarket carer who took her own life had shown 'no signs' she was unhappy or depressed, her mother told an inquest.

Megan Johnson, 20, was found by her step-father on the floor of her bedroom at the family home in Edgecombe Road on the morning of August 5.

On Friday, an inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, in Ipswich, heard that despite efforts by her step-father and paramedics, Megan died at the scene.

Suffolk Coroner's Court
Suffolk Coroner's Court

Police recovered two bottles of a painkiller prescribed to Megan's mother which had been awaiting return to the pharmacy.

A post-mortem examination confirmed an overdose of the drug had killed Megan.

Examination of Megan's mobile phone later revealed that she had searched the internet for information on whether it was possible to overdose using the painkiller.

Police Sergeant Thomas Kent said a journal had also been found beneath Megan's pillow in which she had recorded on July 31: "I hope this book makes some sense and gives some idea of what my mind looks like."

In a statement, Wendy Johnson described her daughter as 'lively, happy and caring'.

She said she had spoken to Megan at length the night before her death and 'there were absolutely no signs that she was unhappy or depressed'.

Giving evidence, GP Dr Shalini Cross said she had seen Megan at the Combs Ford Surgery and prescribed her antidepressants but had not considered her to be suicidal.

Dr Cross said: "Nothing in her manner would make me believe that she would do anything like that. I am so shocked."

Nigel Parsley, senior Suffolk coroner, recorded a conclusion of suicide.


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