A woman who was found dead by members of the public at a park in South London has been named.
Kelly Fitzmaurice, a 44-year-old Woolwich resident, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services after they were called to Ladywell Fields, Catford, on October 23 last year.
She was named for the first time as an inquest into her death was opened at Inner South London Coroner’s Court on Wednesday (September 1).
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The court heard that members were walking through the park when they found a woman unresponsive on the floor.
London Ambulance Service paramedics were immediately called to the scene, but pronounced dead at 5.43pm.
Assistant coroner Ms Henrietta Hill told the court: “On October 23 members of the public were walking through Ladywell Park when they found a deceased person unresponsive.
“London Ambulance Service were called. An empty bottle of bleach was found by her feet. Needles and foil were also found by her body, but there was no evidence of any drugs.
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“She was pronounced dead at 5.43pm. Police were called and confirmed that there was nothing suspicious about the death.”
The coroner also confirmed the results of a post-mortem carried out in the days following Kelly’s death.
A medical cause of death was given as mixed drug toxicity causing respiratory depression.
The inquest was adjourned to a date still to be set owing to an ongoing backlog following the coronavirus pandemic.
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