Mum’s tragic fall off cliff edge ‘was not an attempt to take her own life’

A former teaching assistant who fell from a cliff did not take her own life, a coroner has ruled.

Mum-of-one Danyell Sinckler texted her mum to claim she was “thinking about ending it all” shortly before falling near a lighthouse after an argument with her boyfriend.

An inquest found Danyell made “repeated cries for help” before she died.

She had been earlier seen having a heated argument with partner Leon Morris, 32, at a local Kent pub, which spilled into the car park.

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Having got into her car and driven off, Danyell sent a series of text messages to her friends, family and partner saying she wanted to kill herself.

These messages were sent up until she arrived at South Foreland Lighthouse in Saint Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent, a coroner was told.

In a text to her mum, Stephanie Eaton, she said: "I'm thinking about ending it all."

Ms Eaton replied: "Where are you? I'll be there in 20 minutes."

Ms Sinckler replied that she was in Dover, but added: "You'll be too late."

At the same time she sent texts to Mr Morris to tell him her exact location and that she planned to jump from the cliffs.

He later told officers that because of the poor signal he never received the messages and passed the rest of the night in various bars in Broadstairs.

But at the conclusion of the hearing last week, coroner Katrina Hepburn said two of the four messages did seem to have been delivered, adding that Mr Morris refused requests to attend or send a written inquest for the hearing.

Between 9.30pm and 9.40pm, Danyell called 999 three times but none of these calls connected.

Sadly, at 10.15am the next morning on May 9 last year, her body was found by a National Trust worker on the shore.

The coroner ruled the cause of death as multiple injuries, and gave a narrative verdict – adding there were several factors preventing her from ruling Ms Sinckler's death a suicide.

She said: “There is evidence to suggest intention, but I bear in mind that there had been previous cries for help, and the fact that she disclosed what she was thinking of doing to a number of people.

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“There were also a number of calls to emergency services that were unable to connect – which could have been to seek help.

“This advises me that she was not suicidal at this point and I believe her actions were a cry for help.”

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.


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