Pub landlady took own life

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A POPULAR pub landlady tragically took her own life when she was in a highly emotional state, an inquest has ruled.

Gillian Archer, 50, who ran the Goldmine pub, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, killed herself while the balance of her mind was disturbed.

An inquest carried out by Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly heard that Mrs Archer took a significant amount of alcohol and morphine on the night before she died on July 31.

Mr Donnelly said she had become intoxicated after the pub closed following an argument on July 30.

The inquest heard she become “upset and tearful” and was put to bed by her daughter.

Her family said she was still sleeping when they checked on her at around 8am the next morning, before discovering she had stopped breathing by 12.55pm on July 31.

Police attended but found there was no suspicious circumstances.

Empty bottles of medication were found next to the bed.

Tests showed Mrs Archer died from the combined toxic effects of alcohol and morphine.

The inquest heard the effects were more powerful because she suffered from fatty liver disease, which was found to be an underlying feature.

Mrs Archer was also taking anti-depressants prescribed by the doctor, but she had not taken any more than advised.

In a narrative verdict, Mr Donnelly said: “I don’t think there is any doubt she killed herself. But I think it was when the balance of her mind was disturbed, possibly by the emotional state that she was in.”

Mr Donnelly told Mrs Archer’s grieving family there was no need for any recriminations.