Thu, 24 Nov 2016
MYSTERY surrounds the death of a 21-year-old Thatcham woman who was found hanged while on holiday in Lithuania.
The body of Rachael Perkins was found in a park in Vilnius on the morning of July 10.
However, the circumstances leading up to her death, as well as details of how exactly her body was found, remain unclear, with Lithuanian authorities yet to provide police reports or the results of the post mortem examination.
As a result, assistant coroner for Berkshire Emma Jones decided to adjourn the inquest into her death for six months.
The inquest heard how Miss Perkins and her boyfriend, Edvin Jarosevic, a Lithuanian national, had been visiting Mr Jarosevic’s parents in the country’s capital.
Miss Perkins had a history of mental health issues and the pair were known to be regular users of recreational drugs but had intended to use the break as a way to help kick the habit.
A statement from Mr Jarosevic read out at the inquest told how the couple had visited an “aqua park” in Vilnius on Saturday, July 9, to get some exercise, however, at one point Miss Perkins became "stressed".
Mr Jarosevic, said: “I turned around to light a cigarette and in that split second she ran off.”
After searching through the night Mr Jarosevic called the police the following morning, when Miss Perkins’ body was found.
However, speaking at the inquest, Miss Perkins’ mother, Sharon Perkins, told the coroner there were gaps in Mr Jarosevic’s recollection of events having tried to piece the story together through a series of conversations and emails.
As a result the inquest into her death has now been postponed in the hope that further information from the Lithuanian authorities will be presented to the coroner.
After consulting with Miss Perkins’ parents, the assistant coroner decided to postpone the inquest for six months.
Addressing Mr and Mrs Perkins, she said: “I’ve come to the conclusion we need to adjourn the inquest today to try to get more information.
“I think in order for you to have some answers to the many questions that have arisen, perhaps it is better to wait the six months.
“I know it’s traumatic but it might help in the long run.”