Woman who moved more than 50 miles to escape her ‘violent’ ex found dead after he turned up at her new home
A WOMAN was found dead in her home after moving more than 50 miles to escape her “violent” ex, an inquest has heard.
Jessica Louise Laverack, known as Jessie, ran away to East Yorkshire from Rotherham in 2017, to flee from ex-boyfriend Patrick Walsh.
Jessica Louise Laverack moved to East Yorkshire in 2017
But Mr Walsh found out where Jessie lived and sent her a letter, before turning up unannounced.
Jessie was tragically found dead in Beverley on February 2, 2018.
Now an inquest at Hull Coroners Court is looking into the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.
It heard on Wednesday how Jessie moved to East Yorkshire in the summer of 2017 to escape Mr Walsh who allegedly abused her and on one occasion is said to have grabbed her by the throat.
Mr Walsh denies all allegations and there is no suggestion he was involved in her death.
Jessie’s case was classed as “high risk” at an East Riding Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) on September 5, that year.
It was that month that Mr Walsh is said to have found out where Jessie had moved to.
The inquest heard he sent a letter to Jessie, before turning up outside.
He is alleged to have tried to see and take Jessie’s pet dog – who she adored so much she had previously turned down staying at a women’s refuge because no pets were allowed.
An East Riding Domestic Violence and Abuse Partnership (DVAP) worker noted in the course of her interactions with Jessie that she reported being “petrified” and scared of leaving her home after Mr Walsh had found out where she lived.
It was also reported that Jessie had suicidal thoughts during Autumn 2017 and was in touch with mental health services.
To try to increase her security and sense of safety, DVAP organised outdoor lighting, an alarm system and a Lifeline call to be available to Jessie at her home as did not want to move home again as she was settled where she was.
In an appointment with her DVAP caseworker a week prior to her death, Jessie indicated excitement for the future, including plans to work with Guide Dogs for The Blind.
She was also in the process of enrolling into rehab to tackle an addiction to alcohol.
No further details of Jessie’s death were mentioned in the inquest on Wednesday.
A fundraiser tribute in aid of Mind was organised by her sister after her death and raised more than £1,700.
She described Jessie on the fundraiser page as “fun, loving and adventurous” and said: “Tragically on the 2nd February 2018 I lost her so suddenly and unexpectedly, she was only 34.
“My life and families lives changed forever that day and we’re completely heartbroken. I don’t think I could ever describe the sadness and pain we feel as a family every second of the day!”
The inquest into Jessie’s death continues.