Loving final words of tragic fall mum

Flowers at the scene of Melissa Castle's death

Flowers at the scene of Melissa Castle's death

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“TELL my kids I love them and I’m sorry,” were the last words of Melissa Castle before she fell from the roof of the Wyvern car park, an inquest heard yesterday.

A series of highly traumatic events during her life left the 28-year-old dependant on drugs and alcohol, as well as suffering from several mental disorders.

However, the coroner delivered a narrative conclusion as he could not be certain of Melissa’s intentions when she climbed on to the roof of the car park last April.

Giving his verdict, coroner David Ridley said because of substances in the mother-of-two’s system on the morning of her death, it was not certain whether she planned to kill herself.

He said: “Melissa has been the victim of a number of episodes of physical and sexual abuse over the years that resulted in her becoming reliant on drugs and alcohol.

“In 2013, she was diagnosed with a personality disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome and a dependence on heroin, cocaine, methadone and alcohol.

“On the night of April 3 and the early morning of April 4, Melissa took a large amount of drugs and alcohol. This, combined with a disagreement with an acquaintance, exasperated her state of mind.

“At 11.32, despite the efforts of police officers, she pushed herself off the top floor of the car park, sustaining multiple head injuries not sustainable with life.

“Due to the presence of drugs and alcohol in her system it is unclear whether she had the requisite intention to take her own life.”

The inquest, in Salisbury, heard details from Melissa’s mother and police officers of physical abuse within the family as Melissa was growing up and that she was sexually abused as a child by a babysitter. After refusing counselling, she turned to drink but in her early teens she was raped while heavily under the influence of alcohol.

She was in a number of violent relationships and in her twenties turned to drugs, most notably heroin and crack cocaine. In 2011, she was kidnapped and gang-raped which led her to become increasingly paranoid, the inquest heard.

She threatened to take her own life several times and in early 2013 she was twice admitted to hospital because of her mental illness.

Despite her problems, Melissa was said to have cared deeply for her two children, who lived with her mother.

The night before she died Melissa had consumed a large amount of alcohol and heroin with a friend with whom she is later said to have had an argument. The next morning she phoned her mother, Hilary, as well as other family members.

In a statement read out at the inquest, Hilary said: “She told me she loved me, the babies and dad. She said she was on the roof of the Wyvern car park so I ended the conversation and told the police.

“When I spoke to her again she said ‘I’m alright. I’m free. I have got to do this as I’m not going to get any better.”

Police attempted to talk Melissa down. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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6:51am Tue 18 Mar 14

leafy1 says...

Totally hooked on drink and drugs and knew the addiction would never end.
Rip Melisa
Totally hooked on drink and drugs and knew the addiction would never end. Rip Melisa leafy1
  • Score: 3

9:17am Tue 18 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Awful story so much pain.
Terrible to think that was the only option she felt she had left.

Thoughts also go to police who had to witness the event.
Awful story so much pain. Terrible to think that was the only option she felt she had left. Thoughts also go to police who had to witness the event. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 9

10:57am Tue 18 Mar 14

Charllie Says says...

what an incredibly sad situation to be in. Her demons just wouldnt leave her alone. So sorry for the family, esp her parents and children.
what an incredibly sad situation to be in. Her demons just wouldnt leave her alone. So sorry for the family, esp her parents and children. Charllie Says
  • Score: 6

12:04pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Chrisg46 says...

Routinely (and rightly or wrongly) i find it hard to be sympathetic towards suicide victims - i'm not callous by nature, i just find it hard to understand.
But i do feel extreme sympathy for this poor young woman - how much has she had to suffer in such a short life?
My heart goes out to her children, and to her too.
Routinely (and rightly or wrongly) i find it hard to be sympathetic towards suicide victims - i'm not callous by nature, i just find it hard to understand. But i do feel extreme sympathy for this poor young woman - how much has she had to suffer in such a short life? My heart goes out to her children, and to her too. Chrisg46
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

I would be interested to know what therapy was offered, I know the article states that therapy was refused but does not state the nature of what was offered.............


Lack of understanding is nobody`s fault but your own. When the only thoughts you have are dark screams anything that stops it is an option.
I would be interested to know what therapy was offered, I know the article states that therapy was refused but does not state the nature of what was offered............. Lack of understanding is nobody`s fault but your own. When the only thoughts you have are dark screams anything that stops it is an option. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Antonio Lorusso says...

Such a painful life, those who hurt her have my upmost contempt. My sympathies to her children, her family and to the police officers who tried to talk her down, I can't imagine how painful it must have been like to watch that happen.
Such a painful life, those who hurt her have my upmost contempt. My sympathies to her children, her family and to the police officers who tried to talk her down, I can't imagine how painful it must have been like to watch that happen. Antonio Lorusso
  • Score: 3

3:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

yvx471 says...

The word is exacerbated.
The word is exacerbated. yvx471
  • Score: 1

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