AN unemployed leisure centre manager, who was sexually abused as a child, was found dead at her home in Berrynarbor having drunk nearly three times the drink drive legal limit, an inquest heard.
Juliana Verity-King, 58, was found dead on January 9 by her community support worker, it was heard at the inquest at North Devon Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The court heard how she was abused as a child and had suffered from long term mental health problems as a result.
Juliana’s GP Dr Annabelle Tree said she had treated her for post traumatic stress and conversion disorder. She confirmed she was on medication for her condition.
Despite refusing further intervention from a psychiatrist after a series of sessions, Juliana started the therapy again just two days before her death.
Psychologist Dr Elizabeth Murphy said in a report that Juliana had suffered 25 years of enduring trauma of being abused as a child, including flashbacks.
The inquest heard how Juliana had become very isolated living in a chalet at Watermouth Lodges in Berrynarbor.
Her support worker, Carol Miller, visited her once a week to take her shopping. Carol went to the lodge on January 9 but when there was no answer she became worried.
It was not until she discovered the lodge was open that she could get inside and found Juliana’s body slumped in her bedroom having fallen out of bed.
She was then confirmed dead when the emergency services arrived on the scene soon before 3pm.
It was discovered in a toxicology report that Juliana had 212 micrograms of alcohol in a 100 millilitres of blood when she died. The legal limit is 80 micrograms.
Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland gave a verdict of alcohol related death and confirmed Juliana had not tried to kill herself.