NURSE KILLED HERSELF AT HOTEL BY INJECTING INSULIN

A NURSE used insulin to commit suicide in her hotel room.

Jennifer Godwin, 39, checked into a Travelodge Hotel in Hellingly early on January 5.

Mrs Godwin, of North Road, Battle, asked for a quiet room so she would not be disturbed and a wake-up call for 10pm that evening as she was going on a journey.

Julie Phethan, the manager of the hotel, said, 'At one o'clock on the Tuesday we saw her in the car park in a dressing gown.

'She came back in and seemed quite distressed. I thought, 'there's something not right here'.

'We got her back up to her bedroom because that seemed like the best thing to do.

'She just wanted to go back to her room but she was disorientated. She was not quite with it, a bit unsteady on her feet.

'The impression I had at the time was I thought she had taken something.'

Mrs Godwin received a wake-up call at 10pm and told the member of staff, Sandra Brown, that she wished to sleep another hour.

When she was called at 11pm, there was no answer.

Mrs Phethan said the staff assumed she had checked out already.

The next morning cleaners found a note outside Mrs Godwin's room. Staff deciphered it as saying, 'I have taken my life, please see note within.'

Mrs Phethan and two other members of staff went into the room.

They found Mrs Godwin lying on her back on the bed with the covers on.

An officer from the coroner's office at Hailsham police station confirmed that she found puncture marks in Mrs Godwin's stomach.

She found packets of anti-depressants by the bed, most of them empty.

There was a used syringe under the bed and a plunger in Mrs Godwin's bag.

She also found a note to Mrs Godwin's sister and one to her husband Peter addressed to a house they own but do not live in.

A letter to Mike Godwin, her brother-in-law, had been posted on January 4.

Mr Godwin said he believed the letters were a suicide note.

A statement from Jennifer Godwin's GP said she had been treated for depression for more than two years.

Mr Godwin was asked if there had been any prior indication that something like this could happen.

He replied, 'No, she had been depressed for some years.

'We saw her fairly regularly, she seemed alright a lot of the time.'

Mrs Godwin had two children and worked as a nurse at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

Coroner Alan Craze read out a statement from pathologist Jane Mercer explaining that injecting insulin into non-diabetics can cause the blood sugar to drop dangerously low.

She named cause of death in this case as hypoglycaemia — low blood sugar.

Mr Craze recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of her mind was disturbed.

PICTURED: The Travelodge at the Boship roundabout.