Tribute has been paid to a Knightsbridge woman who threw herself off a building one day after experts decided she did not pose not a high risk to herself.
Friends of Zendka McDonald, who was also known as Amanda, gathered at Westminster Coroners' Court on Thursday to hear more about the death of the "intelligent and ambitious" Cadogan Place resident.
Sadly, many of those gathered at the inquest had not been informed of the 58-year-old's death until one week before, because the police said they did not have the power to search her home for addresses of family and friends.
Ms McDonald, a landlord who managed properties in Chelsea, jumped from the fifth floor of a flat in Lennox Gardens on May 6 and was discovered by a passer-by. The inquest heard that
the death came just a day after she had been released from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after swallowing pills washed down with gin because of financial worries.
She had told Brenton McIntyre, a psychiatric nurse at the Chelsea mental health centre, that the attempt was a mistake and she would not do it again.
After telling him she had plans for the future, she was released from hospital. He said: "Her death was quite upsetting for me."
Friend and maintenance man Alan McCormick added: "I am not blaming him. If she had been kept there maybe she would be with us - but we just don't know."
Deputy coroner Shirley Radcliffe said: "It's just very very sad that she managed to put on a good act.
"Tragically, she looked like she was a happy woman. In her passport picture, she looks care-free and smiling. It seems clear that Ms McDonald was under considerable stress and decided impulsively to take her own life."
Estate agent Fabian de Souza, of Wandsworth, worked with her for 12 years. He said: "It is sad to be here today. She was a very nice, intelligent woman who was also hardworking. She worked seven days a week."
Deputy coroner Radcliffe recorded a verdict of suicide and death due to multiple injuries. But she also had advice for Kensington Police, who did not inform friends that she had been found dead. She said: "It's not often this happens, and it would have been a senior officer responsible, but it would have been helpful if the police had written a note and put it on her door. That is something worth considering."