A WOMAN was found hanged from banisters by her dressing gown cord, an inquest heard.

Patricia Ann Parker, 46, who lived at Glebe Farm Barn in Winterbourne Abbas, was found on April 20 this year by her partner James Knott – the morning after they had discussed wedding plans.

Speaking after the inquest at Dorset County Hall, Mr Knott said he had lost his partner, his soul mate and his friend.

West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston said that Mrs Parker, who was born in Switzerland, had suffered with depression following a previous divorce and separation in 2010.

It was also heard that Dr Ian Roden prescribed Mrs Parker three types of medication and by December she was in remission.

Mr Johnston said: “Sadly, she became depressed again in March this year and she also tried to harm herself by taking an overdose and trying to strangle herself.”

He added: “Tragically, she was found hanging on April 20 at home.”

A report written by pathologist Dr Mark Deverell was read out at the inquest where he concluded that the cause of death was hanging.

PC Anthony Skeldon, of Dorchester police station, attended Mrs Parker’s home on April 20.

He said: “The paramedics were called to the address after James Knott found Mrs Parker hanging from the banisters by her dressing gown.”

Mr Johnston recorded an open verdict with the cause of death as hanging.