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Heartbroken Horse Rider's Inquest Records Suicide

Wednesday April 15 2015




A BARNSLEY woman gassed herself with exhaust fumes the day after her beloved horse passed away, an inquest was told.

Steph Lees, 42, was found slumped in her car clutching a lock of Jake's hair, her horse of 15 years.

She left a note to her parents, John and Jo Lees, saying she could not cope without Jake and a list of friends to whom money was to be given.

Assistant coroner Julian Fox accepted the cause of death as carbon monoxide toxicity.

He said Stephanie had no record of mental illness and had rarely visited her GP.

He recorded a verdict of suicide, and said: "I have no doubt at all that Stephanie did intend to take her own life and I record she died as a result of suicide.

"I hope her family can take some small comfort from this as perhaps in her mind at least she is with the horse she loved so much."

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Reply Posted by sandra burns on Thursday April 16 2015 at 23:44
I can imagine,....the day i had to let go of my horse ,...i sat in my car and wept,..and wept,..her photograph,s are in purse to this day ,,,it,s difficult for people to ascertain,..but the bond between human and animal is indesrcribable,.....gallop over the rainbow lv,..:-)

Reply Posted by Sandra on Friday April 17 2015 at 23:55
My heart goes out to Stephanie's family xx