A bouncer who was subjected to a savage 'happy slap' attack by an all-girl gang later hanged herself in a "cry for help", an inquest heard.

Aimee Purdey, 21, a door supervisor, was found dead in a Manchester hotel room in March last year, two years after she suffered severe bruising in an assault masterminded by her ex-girlfriend.

She had been suffering from depression and anxiety and sent a last text message to her partner saying, "I'm sorry".

In January 2018 Simone McDermott, then 19, lured Aimee to her apartment at 1am on the pretext of needing a shoulder to cry on - only for the victim to be violently ambushed by her and three female friends.

As Miss Purdey, then 18, curled up in a ball and begged: "Let me go, please let me go" McDermott and the other girls laughed as they rained down kicks and punches.

One even filmed the assault on her mobile phone.

In the two minute video, one of the attackers could be heard shouting: "Give her here - I'll have a go."

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Aimee Purdee
Aimee was left afraid to leave her house after the attack

Another said: "I'm gonna break your face."

Miss Purdey was left with multiple bruising to her head and body and underwent a CT scan in hospital after doctors found footprint on her forehead.

The following year McDermott and her friends Melissa Marriott, of Blackley, Siobhan Wait, also of Blackley, and Victoria Houghton, of Wythenshawe, who are all 19 escaped jail after admitting assault with intent to rob.

At the time Miss Purdey from Royton, Oldham said: "I thought they wanted to kill me - I could have died."

She went on to say she has been unable to leave her room for two or three weeks, and needed help after that leaving her home.

She was in constant fear of running into her attackers again, was unable to work and had been prescribed anxiety medication.

"I didn't think they were sorry for what they did," Miss Purdey said.

Footage of Aimee during the attack
The attack was plotted by Aimee's ex and her new girlfriend

"This has affected everything in life and I think about the assault every single day, it's the first thing I think about when I wake up and when I go to sleep, I have dreams about being attacked and having things stolen from me," she added.

This week the inquest in Manchester made no mention of the assault but was told Miss Purdey had been suffering from severe mental difficulties and previously attempted to take her own life.

She was found dead in her room after booking into the New Union Hotel in Manchester's Gay Village following a night out with friends.

Aimee Purdee
Aimee had sent her current partner a message saying "I'm sorry" before she was found dead

In a statement Detective Chief Inspector Mark Astbury of Greater Manchester Police said Miss Purdey's then-girlfriend called police after receiving the worrying text.

Officers attended but she was already deceased.

The DCI added that Miss Purdey had made suicidal threats during the previous year, and had self-harm issues, and the breakdown of a recent relationship had left her feeling unwell.

Aimee Purdee
Her parents believe her suicide was a cry for help

Miss Purdey's dad David Purdey said he believed at the time his daughter's "depression was at bay" and she was considering going back to college.

Her mum Jennifer Purdey said her death had probably been intended as a "cry for help".

Recording a narrative conclusion, assistant coroner Miss Fiona Borrill said it was difficult to know if drinking alcohol on the night out had any effect on Miss Purdey's suicide.

She described her as "very impulsive".

"I believe it is possible she hoped that she was going to be discovered," the coroner added.

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