Eastbourne woman found dead in hotel

An Eastbourne woman was found dead in her hotel room, an inquest heard.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 11:50 am

Louise Caroline Gould, 37, died at the Rosedale Private Hotel in Bourne Street on August 6, 2020.

Miss Gould, who was unemployed, had been staying at the address with her partner, Barry Hogsden, who found her unconscious.

After an attempt from paramedics to resuscitate Miss Gould she was pronounced dead.

Eastbourne Town Hall (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190425-155043008

An inquest heard Miss Gould had complained of a headache the day she was found dead.

Medical professionals said they believed Miss Gould’s cause of death to be an intracerebral haemorrhage.

According to her GP, Dr Indika Bandara, Miss Gould had a history of substance abuse and but was trying to distance herself from drugs for her two young children.

In the inquest Katie Smee-Giles, who gave evidence on behalf of Bex Matter from SWIFT specialist family service, spoke fondly of Miss Gould.

She said, “She was a fantastic person and she was a fantastic person to engage with.

“She really tried to distance herself from the drug-using community in Eastbourne but that is very difficult.”

Ms Smee-Giles also told the coroner at Eastbourne Town Hall on Thursday, July 1, that Miss Gould was the ‘most stable’ she had been in her adult life before a ‘chaotic’ few months.

East Sussex coroner Alan Craze said, “The only appropriate verdict in this inquest is going to be that the death was drug related.”