Norfolk

Joanne Foreman death: Second inquest hears insulin not responsible

Joanne Foreman
Image caption Joanne Foreman was found by her partner, Adrian Gayton, on 12 March 2011

A second inquest into the death of a 41-year-old woman in Norfolk has heard insulin was not a contributing factor.

Joanne Foreman was found at her Horsford home in March 2011.

The original inquest could not confirm how she died, but the coroner said there was a "real possibility" insulin could have been taken with alcohol.

Ms Foreman's stepfather campaigned for this second inquest which heard medical evidence suggesting blood sugar levels were normal.

Andrew Brown took his case to the High Court earlier this year because he felt the Norfolk Police investigation into his stepdaughter's death was "inadequate".

The High Court ordered Coroner William Armstrong's narrative inquest verdict should be quashed because the evidence presented was "incomplete and inaccurate".

Mr Armstrong had concluded that there was a "real possibility" the dead woman had mixed insulin with alcohol, because, even though she was not diabetic, it was found in the house on St Helena Way.

Not premeditated

Ms Foreman, a shop worker, was discovered by her partner Adrian Gayton after the pair had spent an evening at the pub, when she drank half a bottle of gin.

The new inquest, being held in Norwich by the Cambridgeshire coroner David Morris, heard medical evidence that insulin was not a factor in her death because her blood sugar levels were not low.

The court heard alcohol did not appear to be a factor either.

Det Ch Insp Neil Luckett from Suffolk Police, who reviewed the Norfolk Police investigation, said the review had not established a cause of death, but they had found no evidence of premeditation.

The inquest is due to continue on Monday.

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