A tragic Brit fell to her death from a height of 250ft at a luxury block of flats in China in a "moment of madness", an inquest heard.

Gillian Smith, originally from Stockport in Greater Manchester, had moved to Shanghai, a wealthy part of China, with her partner Peter and their two sons.

On July 5, Mrs Smith sent her sons to have lunch with their dad before falling 38 floors from the family home near the Huangpu River, an inquest heard.

Mr Smith told the hearing his wife had become "quiet and wasn't her normal self" leading up to her death.

He said: "I did specifically ask her three times what was wrong and I sat with her and asked 'what’s going on? It’s not right'. And she said nothing was going on."

Gillian Smith, 44, sent her sons off to have lunch with their dad and then jumped 250ft to her death

Mrs Smith would've needed to use a stool to get over the waist-high metal and glass panels surrounding the edges of the apartment.

The couple and their sons had planned a trip to Spain for holiday before going on to France.

Mr Smith recalled his last conversation with his wife where she told him she had "put the boys in a car" to him.

Of the tragedy Mr Smith said: "I think it was just a moment of madness.”

A conclusion of suicide due to multiple injuries caused by her fall, was recorded by coroner Alison Mutch

Police later found Mrs Smith’s phone, a piece of paper she had written her passcodes on and a draft email had been saved saying she was sorry.

A conclusion of suicide due to multiple injuries caused by her fall, was recorded by coroner Alison Mutch.

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