A florist was stabbed to death in the street months after his girlfriend died by suicide and left a note blaming him, an inquest heard.
Alicia Callaghan, 43, was found hanged by her partner Tony Eastlake – who was killed two months later and is now the subject of a murder probe.
Poplar Coroners' Court was told that after Alicia’s death the girlfriend of her son found a note saying: "I'm doing this because of Tony Eastlake".
A statement from Tony, from Islington in north London, was read out in the court.
It explained the couple had argued over abusive texts from his ex-wife and said: “The relationship, in general, was all in order but there had been some outside influences affecting her.
“Alicia was still struggling with her father's passing and her mother having dementia.”
Her GP and a clinical psychologist also gave a statement to the court to say she had a chronic risk of self-harm, a history of overdose, had been in a previous abusive relationship, and was suffering from the stresses of her mum's health deteriorating.
Analysis of her blood found she had been using cocaine and cannabis, and she had alcohol levels that would have caused a “high level of drunkenness”.
Copper Michael Morrison, who attended the scene at around 12.20am, said: "The door was opened by Tony Eastlake.
"He led up two flights of stairs where a woman was lying on her back in the doorway.
“Mr Eastlake had not started CPR. He sat down in the living room. He was visibly upset and crying.
"While I was upstairs, I heard Mr Eastlake shout, 'No! No!' – I believe this was at the time Ms Callaghan's death was verified."
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Senior Coroner Mary Hassell concluded the death was a suicide.
She said: "I make a determination that Alicia Callaghan hanged herself at home late on the evening of 31 March 2021, early in the morning 1 April 2021. Her intentions in this are unclear.
"I just want to say how sorry I am to you all for your loss."
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