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Manor Park woman threw herself from City terrace following Facebook hate campaign

16:30 12 December 2012

Avril Atkins arriving at City of London Coroner

Avril Atkins arriving at City of London Coroner's Court. Byline: Central News Agency

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A Muslim woman from Manor Park threw herself from the roof of a City wine bar after a Facebook hate campaign attacked her Western lifestyle, an inquest heard today.

Rema Beauty Begum, 29, who lived with her family in Third Avenue, fell eight storeys after drinking rosé wine and clambering over a barrier at the Coq D’Argent.

Giving evidence at City of London Coroners Court on Weds (Dec 12), friend Avril Atkins said she suspected Ms Begum felt guilty after her family found out she was dating non-Muslim men.

Ms Atkins said: “She had some problems with Facebook. Somebody - she didn’t know who - had been sending letters to her parents about her lifestyle and relationships.

“She was getting quite a lot of hate mail - both she and her parents.”

Ms Begum reported the abuse to police, deleted her Facebook account and replaced it with one using a different name.

Emergency workers arrived outside the No 1 Poultry bar on September 4 where she was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.12pm, with a post-mortem giving the cause of death as multiple injuries.

Suicide notes were found in her handbag, along with more under her bed at home.

Council inspectors ruled the barriers at the rooftop bar complied with health and safety laws.

The evening before her death, Ms Begum had been brought to the Royal London Hospital by her parents, after they found her with a rope around her neck.

Ms Begum said it was “attention-seeking”, but was referred to a mental health team and discharged.

Coroner Paul Matthews said there was “no doubt Ms Begum was suffering from depression” and her actions were “deliberate” before delivering a verdict of suicide.

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