Father posted daughter's medicine unaware she had hung herself

Father posted 36-year-old daughter’s prescription through her letter box and shouted ‘see you soon’… unaware she had hanged herself on other side of the front door

  • Holly Davies was found at her flat in Platt Bridge, Wigan, Greater Manchester 
  • Her father had earlier posted her medicines unaware she had hanged herself 
  • Inquest heard she had been overwhelmed by a battle against alcohol addiction 

A father unwittingly posted his daughter’s prescription through her letter box and shouted: ‘See you soon!’ – not realising she had hanged herself on other side of the front door.

Stephen Davies, 71, knocked at the home of bistro chef Holly Davies, 36, after she left tablets at her parent’s home.

But when he got no response he posted the items through the letter box before going shopping with Holly’s mother Elaine.

Holly’s body was found at her flat in Platt Bridge, Wigan, Greater Manchester on March 8 this year when her parents returned several hours later after she failed to respond to messages and Elaine reached through the letter box to feel her daughter’s dressing gown.

An inquest heard ‘beautiful’ Holly, single mother to a daughter aged 19, had become overwhelmed by a battle against alcohol addiction which she documented on Facebook.

It is unclear which medicines were posted by her father, though toxicology reports showed chlordiazepoxide, which treats anxiety was found in Holly’s system, as well as an alcohol treading of 210 micrograms in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit in blood for drink driving is 80mg. 

Holly Davies’ body was found at her flat in Platt Bridge, Wigan, Greater Manchester on March 8 this year

An inquest heard ‘beautiful’ Holly, single mother to a daughter aged 19, had become overwhelmed by a battle against alcohol addiction

She had successfully completed spells in rehabilitation clinics and posted regular updates about her condition on her social media page but despite friends encouraging her to get well, she relapsed and reached ‘the end of the road of endurance’.

The day before the tragedy, Miss Davies visited her parents while drunk and began getting ‘angry and saying nasty things’.

In a statement Mr Davies said: ‘I told her to go home and sober up and get some rest. I said I would take her home however she opted to walk only to then change her mind at the door and asked me to take her.

‘Later we discovered Holly had left her tablets at our house and we decided to drop it off for her.

‘We knocked on the door, but there was no response. We opened the letterbox and shouted through the door before posted them through and shouting: ‘See you soon!’ before going shopping.

‘We tried calling Holly again and my wife then left messages on her voicemail. We both said that we were concerned. I have a key to the door. We were banging on the door asking her to open it, but there was no reply. Looking through the letterbox, I could see her dressing gown. My wife then drew back as she could feel Holly through the letter box.

‘We forced the door open and saw her on the other side of the door. I knew straight away she had passed away.’

The day before the tragedy, Miss Davies visited her parents while drunk and began getting ‘angry and saying nasty things.’

Her father had posted medicines through her letter box hours before her body was found

The hearing was told Holly had done well at school and studied cookery at college before getting a job as a head chef at a bistro near her parent’s former home in Rhyl, North Wales.

Mr Davies added: ‘During that time, everything was brilliant. Elaine was best friends with her and when she was a chef. Holly was a kind hearted sweet girl and took excess food out to the homeless.

‘We moved back to Greater Manchester but Holly was drinking more than she should. Holly and her daughter Ruby did not have the best relationship, possibly due to the alcohol and Ruby did not like what it did to her.

‘Drinking took a grip of Holly and she spent ten weeks at a rehabilitation clinic. Afterwards she looked amazing however, alcohol seemed to have a strong hold over her and was in and out of hospital with issues of drinking too much.’

Holly was treated for liver disease around the time of her death.

Dr Mohammed Fairoze Khan, Holly’s GP at Platt House Surgery said: ‘In October 2020, Holly confided in a nurse that she continued to drink vodka to excess every day. She was jaundiced and sent to the community alcohol team for an assessment.

‘She said she had made attempts to self-detoxify and was formally diagnosed with alcohol-related liver disease. She mentioned she had managed to stop drinking, but then had a relapse and had recently come out of rehabilitation, and unfortunately, had started drinking again. She confirmed that she was drinking four cans of alcohol per day.

Allan Cunningham, from the ‘We are with you’, alcohol rehabilitation charity said: ‘In June 2020, she was engaging with an online rehabilitation group but in November she said she was leaving the scheme because of an argument. During January, I tried to contact her a further eight times and found out she was now back in hospital.

The hearing was told Holly had done well at school and studied cookery at college before getting a job as a head chef at a bistro near her parent’s former home in Rhyl, North Wales

It is unclear which medicines were posted by her father, though toxicology reports showed chlordiazepoxide, which treats anxiety was found in Holly’s system, as well as an alcohol treading of 210 micrograms in 100 millilitres of blood

‘I spoke to her on February 8, and she indicated she was doing well. In a text she said: ‘Allan, I have decided to move forward. I am doing okay. Thanks again, Holly.’

Clare Wilde, of Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘She was referred to the service on June 8, as she was struggling with low mood and depression. There was telephone targeted assistance, but no contact was made.

‘She was not seen as a risk to herself or others and it was decided that she should be referred back to care in the community.’ 

Coroner Timothy Brennand recorded a verdict of suicide and said: ‘Holly was a young single mother who had a fulfilling and meaningful life. The tragedy for her is that, following a series of personal circumstances, she has turned to alcohol.

‘As a functioning addict who was from time to time able to detoxify herself, it gives me a very clear insight that at some stage, she could see for herself that life had much to fight for. I’m of the view that for this lady, she had come to the end of the road of endurance given her personal circumstances and her physical condition.’

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details 

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