Inquest verdict on Penrith woman

Date: Friday 4th May 2012

A PENRITH woman who suffered from a severe medical illness took her own life, an inquest heard.

Hilary Renkin, aged 63, of Frenchfield Way, previously worked as a tour guide for miniature cottage manufacturer Lilliput Lane.

She had had two hip replacements as well as having treatment for breast cancer. She had also sought help for depression, and was given medication along with counselling but had stopped taking her medication.

Her husband, Anthony Renkin, told the hearing at Kendal that he found screwed up in a drawer a note written by his wife. Shortly before her death she had sent an e-mail to her nephew saying he could come and stay with them.

PC Katherine O’Hagan said that on 23rd January she received a call to attend an address in Penrith, where a doctor and paramedics had tried to resuscitate Mrs. Renkin, who had been found hanging.

Coroner Ian Smith said Mrs. Renkin clearly had difficulties and was undergoing medical supervision. However, she had stopped taking her medication. She was suffering from a severe medical illness and died as a consequence of her own actions, he said.