Bride to be killed herself trying to get halfway to heaven: Jazmine Howarth, 25, died trying to get halfway to heaven thinking she could ‘control’ death, return to the land of the living- death by misadventure

Jazmine Howarth, 25, from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, claimed she could ‘control’ death say a last goodbye to her late friend Dionne Corbett, before returning ‘to the land of the living’.

She thought she could control death and control the journey to the great beyond. Jazmine  wanted to see Dionne Corbett before returning ‘to the land of the living’.

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She was found hanged in a community garden near her home in Bolton in March this year.

ad_217542738-e1472632783468Jazmine  Howarth

…best friends forever

Jazmine  and Dionne had been best friends since they were toddlers and had spoken about wanting to get pregnant at the same time so they could ‘go through it all together’.

ad_217542768-e1472632732785Dionne Corbett  had died earlier

‘They classed each other as sisters, one wouldn’t do without the other. She broke down crying saying, “yeh but I promised I would go and get her”. –  Brendan Cawley, Jazmine’s fiance told the inquest

‘She said that she wanted to go and see her, go halfway to make sure she was all right. Two days before she died I woke up in the middle of the night and looked at Jazmine, she was writing on a piece of paper, I said “what are you doing”.

‘She said “nothing it’s stupid”. I thought in my head that it must be something to do with Dionne.’ She had suffered from depression and had written letters saying she wanted to see Dionne, also 25, ‘for one last time’ so she could ‘carry on with her life’.

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Brendan Cawley, said at the time of the incident a TV signal had been tuning in and out.. He added: ‘Jazmine said ‘I’m writing the words down because it could be Dionne telling me something’.’

‘We actually thought that she was much more settled than she had been in a long time. Obviously when her friend Dionne died she was absolutely devastated and the day before Jazmine took her own life she went to say goodbye to Dionne in the chapel with her mum. But there was no indication to her mum that she was thinking of joining her. – Her aunt Michelle Howarth said

jazzJazmine  Howarth

‘The letter to her mum indicated that what ever she intended to do she thought she could control it. She was very much planning for the funeral, she was looking at reading, planning for that. I know nobody ever expects it but we weren’t – it wasn’t even on our radar.’

On the day of Jazmine’s death, Mr Cawley said they had argued and she ran away from the house, locking the door behind her.

He found her body as he went looking for her. Mr Cawley added: ‘I think she kind of expected me to save her.’

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Coroner’s Conclusion – death by misadventure

The coroner Lisa Hashmi, recorded a conclusion of death by misadventure, she was not satisfied Jazmine had intended to kill herself.

‘I have no doubt that the loss of her close and very dear friend in very tragic circumstances would have had a profound effect. She attended the chapel of rest to say her goodbyes. I believe she would have found that cathartic.

‘They had been of course very close, described as sisterly. Both had had conversations about what the other would do if one lost another, it may have underpinned her actions, but I could not say for sure what bearing, if any it had.’

‘What I can’t ignore are the letters, whilst it may be that some of them were drafted in the days before her death, described as a superstitious belief in Jazmine’s mind, a number of letters were found that suggested that Jazmine wanted to speak to Dionne for one last time.

‘That she believed she could meet Dionne and return to the land of living. What I believe was a failure to appreciate how quick one could die.

‘She had a mistaken belief that she could just pass beyond and return. Quite clearly that was a mistake on her part. It’s probably the naivety of youth that resulted in her sad, tragic and untimely death.’


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