Woman died after being strangled by two dog leads, inquest hears

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
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Deborah Mary Roberts was discovered lying face down in grassland with dog leads around her neck. (SWNS)
Deborah Mary Roberts was discovered lying face down in grassland with dog leads around her neck. (Facebook)

A woman found lying face-down in grassland had been strangled to death by leads that were being pulled on by two dogs, an inquest has heard.

Deborah Mary Roberts, 47, was discovered on 8 July after a young girl raised the alarm.

The inquest heard how two men had been working on an address on Southleigh Drive in Garden Village, Wrexham, north Wales, when they were approached by the girl.

She said her friend was choking and needed help, so they went to a grassed area behind the street where they found Mrs Roberts.

Denbighshire County Hall was told Deborah Mary Roberts was lying face down with dog leads around her neck. (Geograph)
Denbighshire County Hall was told Deborah Mary Roberts was lying face-down with dog leads around her neck. (Geograph)

Denbighshire County Hall was told Mrs Roberts was lying face-down with dog leads around her neck that were being pulled on by two dogs.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Mrs Roberts, a warehouse worker from Rhosddu, Wrexham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, said a postmortem examination gave a provisional cause of death as asphyxia due to strangulation.

He said there was no suggestion of suspicious circumstances and adjourned the inquest to a date yet to be fixed.