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Wife 'addicted' to husband took fatal overdose after being sent nude pictures of him with friend

Mirror logo Mirror 19/05/2017 Louie Smith

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A wife died of an overdose after discovering her husband was having an affair with one of her friends, an inquest heard.

Sarah-Jane Cunningham, 38, was devastated when she was sent pictures of husband Stuart naked with the pal.

The hearing was told that the racy snaps were sent to Sarah-Jane by her love rival.

Friend Teresa Church gave a statement to the inquest saying: “She knew he was having an affair.”

Coroner Yvonne Blake concluded that Sarah-Jane died of drugs and alcohol in July last year.

She said she could not be sure that her intention was suicide.

Sarah-Jane's sister Kim Dodd, 37, said she had a "destructive" relationship with her husband.

She said: “She was addicted to her husband.

"They brought out the worst in each other but she would not leave him because she could not cope without him.”

The inquest was told Stuart's character changed after a motorcycle accident in 2014 left him with post traumatic stress disorder.

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Kim added: "He had anger management issues after he had his accident.

"Her problems made his problems worse and they rubbed each other up the wrong way a lot.”

Sarah-Jane, of Old Catton near Norwich, was admitted to hospital following overdoses in October 2015.

She also received treatment following another overdose just four days before her death.

She was released after spending three nights in hospital but died the following day.

Miriam Isaac, clinical team leader at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said: “The overdose was an attempt to communicate to her husband her frustrations rather than an attempt to die.”

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust conducted a serious incident investigation which found there was no root cause under the control of the Trust which led to Sarah-Jane's death.

But lessons learned from her death were outlined in the report.

Following the inquest Kim added: “The outcome today was never going to bring my beautiful sister back.

"But I was pleased to find out that out of the terrible situation some good has come in the fact that the procedures and policies of the mental health team are being changed to ensure that other people like my sister do not slip through the net.

“By sharing the information between the different departments I believe will really help to give other people like her an increased support.”

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year.

If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.

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