24 year-old mum 'who feared boyfriend didn't love her enough' killed herself 'accidentally'

A trainee accountant who feared her boyfriend did not love her enough accidentally died after hanging herself, an inquest heard.

Mother-of-one Ella Lomas, 24, was found by her boyfriend Bradley after they had a relationship "tiff" at a party.

In an emotional conversation with her mother in the days prior, Ella had confessed: "My level of expectation of how somebody should love me is too high".

Ella, of Eastleigh, Hants, had also said: "I do not think Bradley loves me any more."

Lindsay Johnstone, Ella's mother, said in a statement: "She had been stressed recently, which was due to various things.

"She was the main breadwinner, a high-level accountant running a home.

"She had plans to do up her address, sell it up and move into another house.

"She had unfortunately failed an exam in January but she had already re-booked it for March 9, she had prepared herself for failing this in January."

Ella's mother told how her father, Jason Lomas, had been arrested on suspicion of serious offences and his relationship with his daughter had not been good, which had caused her upset in the days before her death.

Devastated boyfriend Bradley told the coroner in a written statement how they had met while Ella was working at the Switch Nightclub in Southampton and they had later had a daughter together named Eva.

In his statement, Bradley said: "Our relationship was perfect. We loved the simple things in life, as long as we were together.

"Ella would sort out things like the mortgage, direct debits. I would do things around the house to take some of the pressure off her, cooking.

"Ella had never done anything anything like this to make me worry about her in this way, which is why I think this was never meant to happen."

The inquest heard how Bradley remained too traumatised to attend the inquest, held at Winchester Coroner's Court, so had submitted written evidence.

Summarising his evidence, Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp, the area coroner for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, said: "From the moment they met, they were together all the time.

"He quite obviously absolutely adored her and felt that she was his soulmate.

"He feels he should have put his foot down a bit more to take the edge off.

"He feels that Ella took on too much. He says she never switched off, she was always bringing the laptop to the sofa, she was always on the go.

"Bradley just feels this is a nightmare and one day he is going to wake up and it will not be true."

Bradley's statement went on to describe how Ella had been going out on the evening of March 5, for a celebratory work night for her firm.

Bradley had come to pick her up and driven some of her friends home, the coroner explained.

Mrs Rhodes-Kemp said: "On the way home, there was just a little bit of friction between Ella and Bradley.

"It is the usual thing, when you have been out a bit sometimes, she was concerned about something he had said.

"That little bit of tension was noticed, there was not an argument. Then, when they got home Ella wanted to keep talking about things."

The coroner told how Bradley had opted to sleep on the sofa and discuss the things the following day, while Ella went to their bedroom and could be heard pacing around by a friend who was there to babysit.

Bradley was heard to say: "Just go to bed, we will talk about it tomorrow".

Ambulance records told how medics had attended Ella's home, where she lived with her partner, shortly after 2am in the early hours of March 6.

Medics had tried to resuscitate the patient as she was transported to hospital.

Despite doctors battling to save Ella, she continued to deteriorate and the inquest heard how nurses had told the family to come to her bedside, as they did not have much time.

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