Barista was de­pressed by fam­ily deaths

Herald Express - - News -

BARISTA Gerty Ostrov hanged her­self in the loft of her New­ton Ab­bot home, an in­quest heard.

The 31-year-old, who moved to Devon from Es­to­nia 10 years ago, had been badly af­fected by the deaths of her mother and brother, the hear­ing in Torquay was told. She had been suf­fer­ing from ‘low mood’ ac­cord­ing to her GP, and was on med­i­ca­tion for de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

Po­lice started a search af­ter her con­cerned part­ner re­ported her miss­ing on June 11. They searched the house and gar­den, then went to nearby Bak­ers Park, where the cou­ple walked their dogs. Miss Ostrov was later found hanged in the loft of the house, hav­ing taken a step lad­der up through the loft hatch with her.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Andy Pen­haligon said he was sat­is­fied there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

Tor­bay and South Devon Coro­ner Ian Ar­row con­cluded: “Sadly, she was par­tic­u­larly low. I come to the con­clu­sion she has taken her own life.”

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