Woman who died after cliff fall didn't kill herself, inquest rules

Mother-of-one teaching assistant, 32, who fell to her death from cliff after a row with her boyfriend did not kill herself, inquest rules

  • Danyell Sinckler, 32, died in May 2022 after a long battle with her mental health
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A mother-of-one who died after falling from a cliff following a row with her boyfriend did not kill herself, an inquest has ruled.

Danyell Sinckler died in May 2022, in Saint Margaret’s Bay, Dover, after a long battle with her mental health which began at the age of just 14, and culminated in her spending £7,000 on plastic surgery to look more like Instagram influencers.

On the day of her death the 32-year-old had an argument with her boyfriend before texting a series of friends and family members that she was was planning to end her own life.

Her phone also tried to call 999 only for the calls not to connect – either due to a lack of signal or because they were ended before the operator could be reached.

Now a coroner has ruled that Danyell was not suicidal but that her ‘actions were a cry for help’, Kent Online reports.

Mother-of-one Danyell Sinckler, 32, died in May 2022 after a long battle with her mental health which began at the age of just 14. A coroner ruled her actions were ‘a cry for help’

Ms Sinckler had previously had £7,000 of cosmetic surgery and revealed she had body dysmorphia

Ms Sinckler had argued with boyfriend Leon Morris at a pub in Broadstairs, Kent, before getting in her car and driving away, Maidstone coroner’s court heard previously.

Over the next few hours she contacted friends, family and Mr Morris and told them she planned to end her own life.

She told her mother, Stephanie Eaton: ‘I’m thinking about ending it all’.

Ms Eaton replied: ‘Where are you? I’ll be there in 20 minutes.’

She replied: ‘You’ll be too late.’

Ms Sinckler called 999 three times and 112 twice during a ten minute period from 9.30pm but none of the calls connected.

At 10.15am the next morning, Ms Sinckler’s body was tragically found on the beach by a National Trust worker. 

Police told the inquest they were unable to determine if this was due to a lack of signal atop the cliff at St Margaret’s Bay, or because the calls were ended before they could connect.

At the hearing’s conclusion on Thursday, the coroner highlighted there had been four previous incidents of Ms Sinckler taking an overdose and informing friends or family. 

Ms Sinckler’s body was found by a National Trust worker at the bottom of cliffs (stock image)

Delivering her conclusion, Ms Hepburn said: ‘There is evidence to suggest intention, but I bear in mind that there had been previous cries for help, and the fact that she disclosed what she was thinking of doing to a number of people.

‘There were also a number of calls to emergency services that were unable to connect – which could have been to seek help. This advises me that she was not suicidal at this point. I believe her actions were a cry for help.’

The inquest previously heard the 32-year-old had a history of mental health issues including body dysmorphia and that she had more recently been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

After spending a total of £7,000 on cosmetic surgery to alter her appearance, she told the Sun in 2019 she regretted having so much work done and had been directly influenced by Instagram.

She said: ‘I’ve got body dysmorphia. I just don’t see what other people see now.

‘I won’t let my daughter use social media until she’s older. We need to embrace who we are naturally.’

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, you can contact the Samaritans for free and completely anonymously on 116 123, or visit samaritans.org.

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