A British traveller accidentally killed herself in January after trying to petrify her boyfriend after an argument with him in Thailand.
Abigail Brown, 26, also known as Abi, had been out with boyfriend James Brum on the island of Phuket after she left him to return to their apartment, Brum went back home shocked, finding Brown hanged herself.
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Her mother Jane Rowland, 50, believed her daughter intended “only to frighten him or upset him or make him realise how upset she was in that moment”.
She remembers the incident as she said, “James said Abi is gone. We had a silly row, she went back to the room. She hung herself. She’s died.” She continued, “He said [the row] was nothing. They did not really row. I did not see them all the time but they had a whole future planned.”
“That night she had too much to drink. She had gone back in a huff. I know in her mind she thought he was going to follow her back, find her and they would move on and never have that row again.
“I truly believe Abi did not mean to take her own life. She meant only to frighten him or upset him or make him realise how upset she was in that moment.”
Abi was reportedly physically and mentally healthy and “never took her life for granted except in that one moment”.
Mrs Rowland said, “James and Abi were a loving couple, they were going to get married and have four boys. They had a whole future planned.
The Red Lipstick Foundation, a charity showing support to families with members who committed suicide, offered support for Abi’s family.
Mr and Mrs Rowland said after the inquest, “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 and unregulated alcohol they need to look out for each other and always stay safe.”