A YOUNG woman hanged herself in her grandmother’s garden following a night out in Gravesend, an inquest heard.

Twenty-year-old Amelia Springhall was discovered dead by her uncle on December 13 last year alongside a suicide note.

The inquest into her death yesterday (June 13) heard how she had been out drinking with friends before returning to her grandmother’s house in Lower Higham Road at about 12.15am.

Det Sgt Andrew Lambert, of Kent Police, told the court at Gravesend’s Old Town Hall: “Her grandmother let her in.

“She describes her as being drunk and they spoke until 6am when Amelia left and returned to her room.

“That was the last time she saw her granddaughter.”

Her grandmother woke up at around noon to find Amelia had left the house. They had been living together since the summer.

Her family became increasingly concerned and between 6.30pm and 6.45pm Amelia’s uncle decided to look in the garden.

Det Sgt Lambert added: “He noticed some footprints leading to the end of the garden, expecting to find her asleep but instead she was hanging.”

Police and paramedics were called and she was pronounced dead at 7.20pm.

The inquest heard how a suicide note was found at the scene which declared her love for her family and ended: “I am going to go the easy way out. I am so sorry xxx.”

Toxicology reports showed traces of alcohol and cocaine in her blood. A post-mortem examination ruled the cause to be death by suspension.

Miss Springhall had a history of depression and took an overdose of her grandmother’s medication last year before being referred to an access medical team for help, the inquest heard.

North Kent Coroner Roger Hatch ruled she took her own life and passed on his sympathies to the family.