Sheffield woman, 24, found hanged

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A young Sheffield woman was found hanged after a minor tiff with her fiancé.

Joanna Maycock, aged 24, rowed with her partner Darren Jones in the home they shared in Masters Road, Parson Cross and was found hanged upstairs a few minutes later, an inquest heard.

The bank worker looked at websites on her laptop involving hanging and the use of tablets before taking her life.

Sheffield coroner Chris Dorries heard Ms Maycock had returned home from work feeling upset and had been out to walk her dog before the quarrell, in which she said to her partner ‘you don’t care’ before going upstairs.

In a statement, Mr Jones said he had heard her stumbling around the bedroom and assumed she was tidying up.

He then heard the loft door open and a thud but thought Ms Maycock had just tripped up.

It was only when he went upstairs to go to the toilet a few minutes later that he found Ms Maycock suspended from the loft.

He battled to revive her but ‘got no response’ and called 999.

She was taken to Northern General Hospital unconscious in November last year and died two days later.

Mr Jones broke down and wept as he described how he struggled to get Ms Maycock down from their loft.

But Sheffield coroner Chris Dorries told him: “You did very well in a difficult situation. You got her down very promptly, you gave her a chance.”

The inquest heard that Ms Maycock’s organs were donated after her death and four people had benefited.

She came to Sheffield University to study theoretical physics before changing to maths.

She moved in with Mr Jones in September 2012, the pair got engaged the following June and were making plans for their wedding.

Ms Maycock, who was studying for a BSc in maths at the Open University at the time of her death, had suffered from mental health problems for several years and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007 for which she took medication and was under the care of mental health specialists.

In August 2013 she had apparently tried to drown herself in the sea at Essex and in September last year behaved erratically when Mr Jones stopped her going swimming after she had been drinking.

Dr Isobel Rowe, who treated Ms Maycock, said: “She was doing so well we talked about discharge.”

Recording a narrative conclusion, Mr Dorries said he was unsure whether the death was intentional.

“Joanna Maycock died as a consequence of a hypoxic brain injury sustained when she suspended herself by a ligature at her home,” he said.

“However, the question of intent remains unclear as it is possible that she hoped to be rescued.”