Woman died after drinking poison at Doncaster beauty spot

A woman at the centre of a 32-day missing person search died after drinking poison at a Doncaster beauty spot, an inquest heard.

Monday, 13th June 2016, 4:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 2:03 pm
Magdelana Charciarek
Magdelana Charciarek

Magdalena Charciarek, aged 27, had been researching chemical suicide methods following a Facebook conversation with her husband who said he wanted to end their relationship.

Ms Charciarek, who was Polish and had travelled to Doncaster to visit family and earn some money, went missing on September 30, 2015 – the day after the Facebook conversation with her husband Abdelaziz Hauonah.

Her body was not discovered until November 1 on waste ground off White Rose Way, close to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, following extensive police searches.

Giving evidence, lead investigator PC Natalie Humphries said the social media exchange with her husband had taken Ms Charciarek by surprise.

She added: “The exchange started off as relatively mundane but during the conversation he said he wanted a separation and inferred that he didn’t want her to come home and was feeling better without her there.”

Reading extracts from the conversation she told the court Ms Charciarek had posted via private message: “I know I can’t live without you, I love you and hope love will last where I will go, I’m reading about methods of poisoning right now.”

The court heard the couple had been having financial difficulties and Ms Charciarek, who had been working as a photographer alongside her artist husband, had come to Doncaster to find work.

The day after the Facebook exchange Ms Charciarek told her mother Grazyna Charciarek that she was going into town to visit a charity shop and buy an album about Picasso.

But when she failed to return to the family home in Cookson Street, Balby she was reported missing.

Police started combing an area near Potteric Carr nature reserve after CCTV footage showed Ms Charciarek picking a map up from the nature reserve reception on the day she went missing.

The court heard despite DNA evidence confirming the body found was that of Ms Charciarek, her mother and sister refused to believe it and had declined to come to the inquest.

In a statement read out from Grazyna Charciarek she said : “I do not believe the body is my daughter.”

Consultant pathologist Suzanne Rogers said the cause of death was poisoning.

Reaching a conclusion of suicide coroner Nicola Mundy recorded the date of death as September 30 – the day Ms Charciarek went missing from Balby.

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