In a tragic twist, a support worker has accidentally taken her own life in a “misguided” attempt to stop her troubled boyfriend from self-harming.
Corinne Hayes, 23, feared Brian Marshall was about to commit suicide when she sent a message saying: “If you are going to do it, so am I – meet you on the other side”.
Coroner Joanne Kearsley said she believed the text was part of a “very misguided attempt” for Mr Marshall, 33, to seek help for his mental health problems.
She also ruled the 23-year-old did not intend to kill herself.
Corinne was found hanged at his apartment in Oldham, Greater Manchester in June last year, the day before she was due to attend Parklife music festival.
Her inquest heard the couple started a relationship in September last year, which soon sparked concerns from her relatives.
Mum Mandy Hayes told the hearing in Heywood: “Corrine was kind and sociable and had a heart of gold – she was everyone’s best friend.
“She had been diagnosed with anxiety but I put that down to the way she was being treated. I thought Brian Marshall didn’t treat Corinne very well.
“She was paying for everything for him and said that she would move with him. It felt like he was doing it to get her away from us.
“She knew what he was like but she loved him.”
She continued: “I last spoke to her when she was going out with friends that night. She had plans to go to Parklife festival the next day with her friend Sarah. She had just got a promotion at work and everything to look forward to.
“As far as I knew she had never attempted to self harm and she was always so happy. Anything that was said about Brian she would just brush off because she knew I didn’t like him.
“They had been trying for a baby but he used to get her down by the way he spoke to her about it. She wanted children but not at that moment.”
On June 9, Corinne attended Mr Marshall’s flat where she discovered he had thrown a party without inviting her.
He said Corrine had been drinking with a friend the previous evening before she arrived at the 33-year-old’s flat where they instantly began to argue.
He told the inquest: “It appeared that Brian had got into her head and had made her very upset and distressed.”
Around two hours before Corinne’s body was found, she sent a text to Mr Marshall which read: “I tell you what, if you are going to do it, so am I. Meet you on the other side.”
Det Insp Blain added: “I believe that Brian may have expressed a wish to harm himself that night.”
Mr Marshall has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and did not attend the inquest.
His two friends, who were initially declared suspects following Corinne’s death, were later cleared of any wrongdoing.
Recording a conclusion of misadventure, coroner Joanne Kearsley said: “Corrine had so much to live for. She had clearly got herself into a relationship with Brian Marshall who she clearly loved.
“There were some concerns about that relationship and his behaviour on June 10. I do accept that Corrine had been out drinking with a friend and Brian had not wanted her to go to the party that evening.
“When she did go round it caused a bit of an altercation and there comes a point where they both leave the property.
“Corrine stays within that area and Brian stays away from the property – I do not believe he was in the property when the incident occurred.
“This is a young girl with no history of mental health issues. I don’t believe this was a young girl who intended to die that night. I think this was a very misguided attempt to him to seek help or get his attention.
“I don’t accept that she intended to take her life.”