Monday 24 July 2017

British backpacker 'accidentally killed herself' in Thailand after row with boyfriend

Undated family handout photo of Abi Brown. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo of Abi Brown. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire
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The mother of a 26-year-old woman who "accidentally hanged" herself after an argument with her boyfriend while on holiday in Thailand has warned of the dangers of visiting countries where alcohol is sold "cheaply and unregulated".

Abi Brown, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, described as "gregarious and with a zest for life", had been on a night out with her partner James Brum in Phuket when she returned to their apartment following an argument.

When Mr Brum (30) returned to the apartment he found her unconscious.

A post-mortem examination found the PA, who had given up her job to go travelling, had died of asphyxiation, an inquest in Portsmouth has heard.

Undated family handout photo of Abi Brown. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo of Abi Brown. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire

Coroner Samantha Marsh recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Miss Brown's mother, Jane Rowland, said she believed her daughter's actions were a moment of "folly" and she had not intended to end her life.

The 50-year-old said in a statement released through the Red Lipstick Foundation, which supports families bereaved by suicide or the sudden death of young people: "We will always be saddened by the death of our beautiful daughter Abi. There is no-one to blame for this moment of folly.

"But there is a lesson to be learnt. When young people travel to these hot exciting places with cheap unregulated alcohol, they need to look out for each other and always stay safe.

"I can only come to the conclusion that on that night she had too much to drink, was upset and only meant to make James aware how upset she was. I truly believe that Abi never meant the outcome to be fatal."

She added: "Abi was a gregarious, fun-loving girl with a zest for life. She could be in a moment and take you with her.

"She was thoughtful and generous and had wanderlust.

"She had a wide network of friends and kept in close contact with them. We had a close relationship, she always told me everything."

After Miss Brown's death, her brother Will Rowland posted on Facebook: "i honesty couldnt of asked for a better older sis she always excelled in everything and allways kept me and everyone around her so so proud! words cant describe how much she will be missed and how much she meant to us all, i have lost a big part of me and my life, abi was honesty one of a kind still cant believe it, iloveyou big sis allways!"

After her funeral, Mr Brum posted: "It was clear how much she was loved by the sheer number of people that attended her Celebration of Life today. This is just a testament to how bright she shined and how many lives she touched."

For anyone affected by the issues raises in this article, contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or the Samaritans on 116 123

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