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Coroner Report Mother commits suicide while facing eviction

A MOTHER facing eviction killed herself and her two children after she suffered a miscarriage and lost a close friend, a coroner ruled today.

Sydnie Macfarlane, 28, died after taking lethal drugs, which she also gave to her nine-year-old daughter and three-year-old son between January 27 and 30 last year.

Southwark Coroner’s Court heard Ms Macfarlane had a “difficult childhood” with drug-addicted parents but had never used drugs herself.

It heard that the family was referred to social services in 2015 after Ms Macfarlane told the Department for Work and Pensions: “I don’t think there is any point in me carrying on with the children ’cos I’ve got no money.”

Prince Boampong, a psychiatric nurse who saw Ms Macfarlane eight months before her death, said the main trigger of her depression was housing problems.

Coroner Andrew Harris recorded verdicts of unlawful death for the children and suicide for Ms Macfarlane.


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