9:30am Monday 20th May 2013
By Nazia Dewji
A woman who was found hanged from a tree branch in Kingston took her own life, a coroner has ruled.
Juthi Pun Magar, 72, was dressed in a sari with a piece of yellow cloth attached to her neck in Latchmere recreation ground on May 22 last year when park attendants discovered her.
A pair of spectacles and an opened pack of Benson and Hedges cigarettes were also found on a bench nearby.
The widow of Nepalese origin had lived with her son in the Keep, Kingston, and had left home at about 6pm the day before to go for a walk but had not returned.
Postmortem examinations revealed there had been no evidence of assault or restraint and paramedics who arrived just after 5.30am pronounced her dead at the scene.
In a witness statement PC Ian Gloster described finding Mrs Pun Magar about 8ft from the ground.
He said: “Her face had turned purple near her lips, her eyes were shut and there were no signs of life.
“She had dark greying hair and was wearing a gold piercing in her nose, and a gold ring.”
The contents of a bag nearby also included about £16.
No family were present at the inquest which took place at West London Coroner’s Court on April 25.
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