Inquest hears of hidden torment of pretty Holly, 23

Holly Bradbury
Holly Bradbury

A young woman who hanged herself had been the victim of domestic abuse, an inquest has heard.

Holly Bradbury was subjected to 20 months of abuse at the hands of her then partner, who she lived with but was not named, between 2013 and 2014, Bolton Coroners Court heard.

You were an amazing and funny girl to work with. Always bubbly and lively, putting a smile on anyone’s face

Jack Sullivan

After the relationship ended, Holly moved back in with her parents at there Standish home and had seen optimistic about her future at the time of her death.

But she had a history of self harm and had sought help from mental health services in the past.

She was found hanged on February 29 but a post mortem also revealed she had alcohol and more than five times the therapeutic level of painkillers in her system at the time of her death.

It was this that led assistant coroner Alison Miller-Varey to conclude that Holly had intended to take her own life.

Her sudden death left the community in shock and many took to social media to pay tribute to her.

Becky Louise Thorpe wrote: “I can’t believe I’m having to write this. RIP Holly Bradbury you were one of my best friends in Australia I don’t know what I would’ve done without you there .

“We had so much fun together memories I’ve made for a lifetime. You were always so crazy but such a loving person, I wish we had kept in contact more than we did.

“Life really is too short I really can’t believe it a beautiful woman taken far too early. Thinking of your family at this sad time.”

A former colleague Jack Sullivan said: “Shocked and saddened to hear more terrible news that Holly Bradbury has passed away.

“You were an amazing and funny girl to work with. Always bubbly and lively, putting a smile on anyone’s face. Rest in peace, Bradders. Thoughts and prayers to your friends and family at this difficult time. You will be missed.”

Laura Cuthbert wrote: “Cannot actually believe what I’ve just heard! Absolutely devastated.

“So heartbreaking, can’t believe I’m saying this, RIP Holly such a beautiful, bubbly, happy, funny girl taken away far too young. Thinking of everyone at this awfully sad time. RIP Angel.”

Helplines and websites

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.

Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.http://www.depressionalliance.org/

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying. http://studentsagainstdepression.org/

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.