Teaching assistant died of accidental fall says coroner

The scene at Anselm Avenue last year
The scene at Anselm Avenue last year
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A woman whose death sparked a murder enquiry last year died as result of an accidental fall, an inquest has heard.

Teaching assistant Tracey Hammond, 38, of Anselm Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, was rushed to hospital on October 27 last year after her partner woke to find her unresponsive.

The inquest heard how a murder investigation was launched following an assessment of injuries to Mrs Hammond’s face.

Mr Dean said since splitting with her husband a few years before, Mrs Hammond had become a heavy drinker which had led to her suffering from seizures.

On October 25 last year she had a fall at the communal garden of her home leaving her with a bloody nose and a bruise on her right cheek.

Mr Dean said Mrs Hammond had died from a subdural haemorrhage due to impact injuries. At the time of her death Mrs Hammond had an alcohol level of 188 micrograms in 100 millilitres of blood, more than twice the legal drink drive limit. She also had a cocktail of medication in her bloodstream including codeine, temazepam and amitriptyline.

Mr Dean gave a conclusion of accidental death resulting from injuries from a fall.