On the run mum death 'accidental'

A MUM-OF-TWO who was on the run from prison took a fatal overdose of anti-depressants after a drinking session.

Lisa Robbins, 25, was found dead on the floor by her boyfriend two weeks after escaping Askham Grange Prison in York on February 18 2002. She was serving the final part of a sentence for possession of drugs with intent to supply.

The former shop assistant, of Queen Street, East Ardsley, had been transferred from Wakefield's Newhall Women's Prison to open conditions at Askham Grange to complete her sentence, a jury at Wakefield Coroner's Court heard.

The court was told she absconded, met her boyfriend at Leeds station and the pair spent a week in Normanton before moving to a flat at Luke William House, Horsefair, Pontefract.

Mr Robbins, who changed his name from Carter, had urged Miss Robbins to return to prison to "face the music." She however became emotional thinking he did not want to be with her and she tried to slash her wrists. Coroner David Hinchliffe said: "She said she would kill herself if he ever left her."

On March 2 Miss Robbins, a former heroin user, and her boyfriend went out in Pontefract and drank about eight pints of lager each. They returned to the flat and drank more alcohol, before Mr Robbins went to bed.

Mr Hinchliffe said: "At some stage of the night Mr Robbins woke and realised she wasn't in bed." He added: "He called out and got no answer and walked out to the living room, couldn't find her and went back into the bedroom and found her lying on the floor."

He called an ambulance and tried to resuscitate Miss Robbins but she died at the scene.

Police found no suspicious circumstances. Professor Christopher Milroy, who carried out a post-mortem test on Miss Robbins, said a lethal dose of anti-depressants had killed her.

The court was told Miss Robbins had not been prescribed the drugs which killed her and she might have bought them illegally.

Coroner Mr Hinchliff said the jury had to decide whether she had intended to kill herself or if she accidentally took an overdose.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The inquest was heard before a jury because Miss Robbins was regarded as a prisoner at the time of her death.