Marina OAP took her own life

A PENSIONER plunged into Hartlepool Marina and took her own life because “she had had enough”.

Joyce Margaret Leake, 79, left a note in her home in Burbank Court, in the town, and another in a shopping trolley at the side of the marina before a security guard found her face down in the water.

An inquest held yesterday heard how the pensioner lost her husband 25 years ago but continued to “love him dearly until the day she died”.

Following a post-mortem examination, Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly confirmed the cause of the death was drowning, but said a note found in the shopping trolley at the side of the marina “made it clear it was what she was intending”.

The body of Mrs Leake was found floating around 10ft away from the Maritime Experience’s Wingfield Castle, in Hartlepool Marina, at around 3.45am on Monday, August 20.

The inquest heard how the security guard who made the grim discovery thinks he saw the pensioner walking near the marina the previous night.

Mr Donnelly said: “He thinks it was the same lady he saw about 8pm the previous evening but he can’t be sure because he was around 200 yards away.

“But he did see a lady with a trolley.”

Police attended the scene and found a trolley near to the quay, which contained a note.

Mr Donnelly added: “As you would expect, the police made further inquiries.

“They went to the home address and found further information and a further note was also found.

“This note gave details about what she wanted to happen now.

“The notes also made it clear that not only had thought about it in some detail, but that she intended the consequences.

“She had had enough.

“She didn’t wish to continue, and she chose to end things.

“It’s clear there was no one else involved here and the conclusion I have to reach is she intended the consequences of her actions and she killed herself.”

Mrs Leake’s family are currently living in France.

Her daughter-in-law Rachel Lilley attended the inquest and told the Mail: “Joyce was much-loved by all of the family, she will be badly missed.”

Mrs Leake’s funeral is yet to take place.