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Man woke to find wife, 22, dead in hotel room on wedding anniversary


Noel Rogers said he knew that Porsche Louise Rogers, 22, was already dead when he found her at the Berwyn Arms in Glyndyfrdwy, north Wales. Her inquest yesterday heard a post-mortem examination later gave the cause of death as hanging.

Mrs Rogers had deliberately used a ligature but a coroner didn’t think she had done so to take her own life, and he recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said: “I don’t think this was deliberately intended.”

Tests found Mrs Rogers had alcohol in her system at just under twice the legal driving limit and medicines at therapeutic levels.

Mr Rogers told the inquest he went outside to get help after finding his wife on the floor and a refuse collector called the police on October 29, 2019.

Despite the large age gap, with Mr Rogers in his 70s, the couple had a affectionate and strong relationship, the coroner’s court in Ruthin, north Wales, heard. Mr Rogers said they “fell for each other”.

They met when Mrs Rogers – formerly known as Amy Louise Roberts – was homeless in Wrexham, reports North Wales Live.

Mrs Rogers, who used a wheelchair, came to live with her partner at his then home in Wrexham.

The couple had gone to the Berwyn Arms to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and had stayed there for eight nights.

On October 28, the final night of the holiday, Mr Rogers went to bed at about 9.30pm because he was driving the next day and Mrs Rogers stayed up.

The landlady at the time, Julie Redmond, called the police, after Mrs Rogers was refused another drink and became difficult, the inquest heard.

Eventually Mrs Rogers went to their room. Mr Rogers said he didn’t remember her coming in, before making the grim discovery the next morning.

He said: “I was devastated and upset. I couldn’t understand why she did it.”

The inquest heard Mrs Rogers had a complex mental health history and had been in the care system when she was younger.

It also heard she had previously self harmed, talked about taking her own life and had placed ligatures around her neck.

Her mother, Linda Roberts, had concerns about the circumstances surrounding her death and said she believed Mrs Rogers would not have taken her own life.

A police inquiry found no suspicious circumstances and an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) probe, found nothing wrong with the way officers dealt with Mrs Rogers at the hotel.

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