A depressed woman plunged off a cliff with her beloved pet dogs after she suffered with mental health issues for years, an inquest heard.
The body of missing 45-year-old Carla Kidd, and her two dogs, were found following a search along the coast between Hells Mouth and Portreath in Cornwall last November.
Her partner, David Rands, told an inquest that Carla had been “paranoid and manic” for several years.
Speaking to Cornwall Live shortly after Carla’s death, Mr Rands said Carla shouldn’t be judged for her decision to take her two dogs, Nathan and Kiera, with her off the cliff.
“People have been commenting about her decision to take the dogs,” said Mr Rands.
“But they can't make that opinion, because they didn't know Carla. She worshipped those dogs, and they were her only companion for a long time. She was obviously very troubled.”
Mr Rands told the inquest that his troubled ex-partner was delusional, and believed somebody had planned to abduct her.
And as an animal lover, she would drive around attempting to find badger hunters.
In 2015, Mr Rands contacted Carla's doctor to relay his grave concerns over her deteriorating mental health.
But despite being tormented by her illness, Carla always refused to see a doctor.
In late October 2019, Mr Rands called the police to report a concern for Carla’s welfare. Although the pair had now separated, they were still in contact.
Two weeks earlier, Carla had posted on social media that she was intending to kill herself and her dogs.
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Carla, who had been living in a tent near Penzance, had been reported missing the evening before she killed herself.
Police visited Carla at her tent but said she told them she was “fine” and did not plan to harm herself.
But on November 27, Mr Rands again called police after he received a wrorrying text from his ex-partner where she revealed she was at Hell’s Mouth and intended to jump.
Mr Rands travelled to Hell’s Mouth, where he located Carla’s empty vehicle – but there was no sign of her.
Shortly after 11pm, Carla’s dogs were found deceased at the base of cliffs. Due to darkness, the search for Carla was suspended and resumed at daylight the following morning.
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Following a post-mortem examination it was concluded that Carla died as a result of multiple injuries consistent with a fall from height.
Guy Davies, assistant coroner for Cornwall, recorded a conclusion of suicide.
He said: “Carla had a history of prolonged and aggravated mental health issues and they were aggravated from 2013 and 2014 when it would appear when she became obsessed with opposing badger culls.
“Those mental health issues left her extremely paranoid and on Carla’s part she believed she was being followed by the authorities. The relationship with her partner broke down at the end of 2017 due to her mental health issues, and the deterioration in her mental health continued.
“One of the key aspects here was Carla’s refusal to accept assistance.
“I noticed in October 2019 her ex-partner made a safeguard report to police and this was very much a last gasp chance to save Carla, but when she was seen, Carla was emphatic that she did not want any help or referral made, and she added that she had no intention of harming herself despite the posts she made on Facebook.
“Police decided there were no obvious signs of a lack of mental capacity, and they had no option but to leave Carla in the conditions she was living, in a tent with her two dogs.”
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