Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECHONEWS to 80360, or email us Click here for details »
Brothers to lodge complaints following mother's suicide
11:40am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Echo News
TWO sons whose mum committed suicide say the authorities have questions to answer about the way the case was handled.
Christopher Rossiter, 31, and his younger brother Viktor Underwood, 23, have vowed to complain to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Essex County Council following the death of mum Carolyn Rossiter, 57.
Mrs Rossiter, of Wythams, Pitsea, was found dead on June 5 last year after taking a drugs overdose.
But the brothers have uncovered a number of discrepancies about their mother’s death including how the authorities told them a suicide note had been left, only later to learn no note had been found.
They also claim they only found out an inquest would go ahead six weeks after their mother’s funeral.
Mr Rossiter, who lives near Reading, in Berkshire, said: “They don’t seem to care and are not interested in helping us.
“After the funeral we assumed that was it, it was only six weeks after we realised it was going to drag on for a long time, it’s now seven months since mum died.”
The inquest into Mrs Rossiter’s death was held on Tuesday, January 2.
Deputy coroner for Essex, Eleanor McGann, ruled she committed suicide after overdosing on prescribed drugs.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Our condolences are with the family, the inquest must have been very distressing.
“We will wait to see if they wish to make a complaint.”