A “kind and intelligent” nurse found dead at her home was "loved by everyone who knew her", her inquest was told.
Caring community nurse Alexandra Reid tragically died earlier this year on February 24.
The 30-year-old, from Liverpool, was found by a friend at her home after Alexandra’s family struggled to get hold of her.
An inquest held on Wednesday found Alexandra’s death was as a result of suicide.
Area coroner for Liverpool and Wirral Anita Bhardwaj said the “articulate and intelligent” nurse intended to take her own life after claiming she was a victim of domestic abuse and expressing fears that no one would believe her.
Ms Bhardwaj said: “It’s quite obvious she intended to take her own life. She’s made it quite clear that one of the central factors was because of all the abuse she said she had suffered from her previous partners, and more recently because of an alleged assault.
“She didn’t think she would be believed and that police would be told she had been making things up.”
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The inquest heard from Alexandra’s loving family and was given details of the day she died.
Merseyside Police had been contacted by Alexandra’s sister, Katie Reid, who reported that she had not had any contact with her.
A friend visited Alexandra’s home after not receiving replies to texts or calls, and sadly found she had died.
A post-mortem examination and toxicology test revealed there were no drugs or alcohol in Alexandra’s system and there was no third party involved in her death.
Ms Bhardwaj said notes were left for family and friends, where Alexandra had detailed her fears and worries over the alleged abuse.
Speaking to the court, Katie said her sister allegedly suffered financial abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse at the hands of her partner.
She claimed her sister was routinely told she was “worthless”, “fat” and “deserved it”.
It was also claimed Alexandra was sometimes unable to pay her bills because money was forcibly taken from her account during this alleged abuse.
Katie claimed: “It wore her down.”
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A police investigation is currently ongoing concerning these claims, and a man has pleaded not guilty to allegations of an assault, the court was told.
It is expected a trial is due to go ahead.
Speaking to Alexandra’s sister and mum, Lynette, Ms Bhardwaj urged them to remember happier memories with her as loving tributes were paid.
Katie said Alexandra worked as community nurse for 10 years and “loved her job”.
Often going above and beyond for her patients, the family said Alexandra would take the time to buy them their shopping when she didn’t need to and was “well-loved” by all those she cared for.
Lynette said: “She was funny, she was really funny. And she was kind and generous.
“She was loved by everyone who knew her.
“She meant the world to us and she made a difference to everyone’s lives that she touched."
Katie added: “She was a brilliant nurse. She was really intelligent and she was kind, she was such a bubbly person.
“She was my best mate.”
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Ms Bhardwaj said: “Alexandra was a 30-year-old lady who was subject to [alleged] domestic abuse which was being investigated by the police.
“She was said to be at the ‘lowest point of her life’ and it was felt she was suffering from depression, though she was not formally diagnosed with this.
“There were clear indications that she was going to take her own life because of her relationship challenges she had to face.
“She references previous relationships. She feared the fact that her partner, who is being investigated, would lie about her.
“There’s no evidence to suggest there was any third party involvement. There’s no doubt she had the intention to take her own life.
“There’s no doubt that the central factor influencing her was the abuse, including the financial, emotional and physical abuse she had been [allegedly] subjected to.”
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