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Brenda Kathryn Gabrielle LEYLAND aka @sweepyface Page

SKY 20-03-2015 ITV-30-03-2015  

Saturday 09 June 1951 - Saturday 04 October 2014

20 March 2015 Final hearing

Case No: 2686/14
Name of Deceased: LEYLAND, Brenda Kathryn Gabrielle
Gender Female
Date of Birth: 09/06/1951
Age: 63yrs
Town Burton Overy, Leicestershire
Medical Cause of Death 1a. Asphyxia
1b. Inhalation of helium

2. Citalopram toxicity
Circumstances Brenda Leyland was found deceased in a hotel room at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester on the 4th October 2014. She had recently been upset by public exposure in the media and had been researching ways to end her life
Inquest Status Held
Date Inquest Open 08/10/2014
Hearing Date 20/03/2015
Hearing Time 10.00
Type of Hearing Final ( HMC Mrs C.E.Mason ).
Date Inquest Closed 20/03/2015
Conclusion Suicide.
Report 02
With thanks to #Anon2

Coroner’s Court Inquest into the death of Brenda Leyland

Friday 20th March 2015

Senior Coroner Mrs Mason

All information to hand so able to proceed

Much interest and many issues

Court to decide who died, how she died, when she died and where she died.

Not part of this court to decide WHY she died.

Not ?? Article 2

Not to find fault or apportion blame

Running order -

Dr West statement

Dr Smith

Detective Sergeant Hutchings

Ben Leyland statement

Martin Brunt (Sky)

Jonathon Levy (Sky)

Dr Z?

Sergeant Taylor

Interested persons -

Family, though not present

Sky TV


Dr West (pathologist)

Rule 23

Mrs Mason (coroner) read out the salient facts from the pathologists report. (Dr West not present)

There was nothing undue from the external and internal examination of the body.

So toxicology information is provided by Dr Smith - Mrs Mason read very quickly from a printed report referring to ethanol, citalopram, amytriptoline, paracetamol, Codeine

Death was due to asphyxiation due to helium inhalation and to citalopram (unsure of what she said further)


Dr Smith (toxicologist)

Standard tests were done on blood, urine and vitreous humor

Blood alcohol level in all 3 samples

68mg/100ml alcohol in blood (slightly below that which is the legal driving limit 80mg/100ml)

Found evidence of paracetamol, codeine, citalopram, antihistamine, amytriptoline +?? (couldn’t hear)

It was not possible in this country to test for helium

Urine sample - previous medication traced plus ibuprofen too. Level of 1859? Antidepressant - BUT after death the ‘drug’ is sequested into the organs and then may elevate the results compared to a sample prior to death. This may have contributed to her death at these levels but would not have caused it.

There were kidney function tests.

Citalopram was at a level that contributed to but not caused death.

Others were at the level for therapeutic use.

Helium analysis not available in the UK. Helium displaces oxygen. Loss of consciousness due to not enough oxygen getting to the brain. It is necessary to rely on circumstantial evidence available. Dr Smith confirmed it is known that large quantities of Helium can cause death.

Death was due to asphyxiation – part due to helium inhalation and – other medicinal drugs.


Detective Sergeant Hutchins

Brenda had a Twitter Account and made postings to do with the McCann family. 2210 tweets over a given period of time (??) and 424 (19%?) directly mentioned McCanns.

A third party presented a dossier to Met Police including these tweets.

When Q by Coroner he said – there was nothing in these tweets which would be a criminal offence.

LAWYER for Sky News interrupted here - was told by Coroner that there was no need to reveal that source.

DS Hutchins again ....

Brenda did not make any postings after 29th Sept 14 but -

Other people made postings to her account appearing after 29th. Brenda did not see postings so they couldn’t have contributed to her death.

Content disturbing.

Other enquiries into these postings are ongoing and outside of this inquiry

There were 2 other devices - an iPad with screen on self euthanasation using helium. Between 30 Sept and 2 October internet searches for suicide using helium. These were exclusive searches during this time.


Coroner's officer reads Ben Leyland, the (youngest) son's written report

Her death was on fourth of October 2015

Initially the family home was in Rothley (note. Did I hear this right?)

Brenda was a social figure in the village and she had close friendships within that village.

She had a fractious relationship with one neighbour over a wall or fence. There were emails and conversations that had taken place. There was a verbal altercation with the neighbour and other neighbours and villagers had spoken to her about this argument. She was upset and embarrassed. Brenda didn't like to think she was disliked. This was approximately a week before the reporter from Sky visited her saying Scotland Yard had a dossier on her.

He suggested pursuing a legal claim and discussed how to prevent her picture being published. He called solicitors in London at approximately 1600 to 17:00 hours UK time. He returned her call that night and said his mum panicked and went silent.

He logged on to her account and she had put a picture of his dog and his location as LA on her account. He still tried to contact the solicitor and wanted to help. He felt the story would blow over. Ben also contacted his father that night to let him know of the situation.

On Thursday 2nd of October the story broke on Sky News. Ben had no success trying to contact his mother that day. He contacted a neighbour who had been asked to cat sit for a few days while she lay low. He thought she had gone to other family. An email contact said she felt cheerier.

Saturday 4th October Ben received a call from his father about the death of his mother.

It was said she had attempted suicide before, a number of years ago.

His report continues saying she was very happy in the village however she had struggled with depression over the years and had alienated people in the past. She had difficulty connecting with people.

She was undergoing therapy, with medication for anxiety and extreme bouts of depression.

She had struggled with health conditions, and had physical, untreatable health issues.

He heard panic and fear in her voice after the Sky intervention. It was the final straw. She was broken, weak and completely destroyed by what occurred.


Martin Brunt (Sky journalist)

The coroner said she had no right to compel a journalist to supply his source of information.

A dossier compiled by a third party came into Martin Brunt's hands. He was not willing to say where the dossier had come from.

Martin Brunt was asked how did he make the connection between the dossier and @sweepyface as she was not named and there was no indication of a name and address.

One of his sources told him that she was Brenda Leyland and Leicester(shire/area?)

Brunt said he had done basic Internet searches and found two Brenda Leyland's in Leicester.

He linked a photo of a dog on her Twitter account with a picture of the same dog on her Facebook account. He was then to approach her on the basis that she was @ sweepyface.

Brunt and a cameraman were in a car some 30 yards away from her house. They waited outside her house so he could try to talk to her, that is standard practice. They were both sitting in a car and the first time Brunt spoke to her was around 10 AM. A car approached Brenda's house and stopped. Brenda's front door opened and she came out rather quickly and walked round to the passenger side of this car. Brunt left his car along with his cameraman, and walked up behind her he called his name and asked her his first question. When asked by the coroner he said it was quite obvious we were a team. Brunt was surprised that she did speak to him.

"Why are you using your Twitter account to attack the McCanns?"

Brenda turned and didn't really answer the question she turned to get into the car. Then she came towards Martin Brunt and said "I am entitled to."

Martin Brunt then said "Are you aware your tweets are in the dossier that's been given to Scotland Yard?"

She said "Fair enough."

Martin Brunt returned to his car and stayed in the village to shot some footage. He also did his piece to camera.

The car Brenda had gone away in now returned.

Brunt approached Brenda again as she went towards her front door with her key ready. Brenda said "Come in Martin." Brenda invited both Brunt and the cameraman into her house. She seemed relaxed and they had a half-hour conversation. The fact that she invited us in was a surprise.

Brunt told the court that she was clearly concerned about being exposed on television.

He said "We caught you on the hop." Brunt offered a more-considered interview in her home but she wasn't interested and they talked.

Brunt said she was at pains to explain why she was using Twitter.

She was concerned about the fundraising of the McCanns.

She was concerned that they left the children alone in their apartment.

She felt Twitter was a means to express opinions and she hoped she hadn't done anything unlawful.

Martin Brunt also told her that the police were consulting the CPS.

She said she wouldn't be using that account again. "Probably won't tweet again."

The coroner said no activity was noted on that account after 29 September.

Brenda asked "What would Sky do." Brunt replied they would almost certainly use the footage from outside the house. He asked again if she would do more.

He didn't know when the footage would be used. Brenda asked "Would Sky identify her?"

Brunt said he didn't know but it was likely that they would and Brenda accepted that. Brunt gave her his card and said if she had concerns to call him. He added "I hope I haven't ruined your day."

He said that the intention was to contact others [mentioned] in the dossier.

The coroner asked him about the process regarding using the footage. He said he went to London and spoke to Jonathon Levi and others.

Brenda rang Brunt on the afternoon of his visit asking if she would be identified (and when they'd be running the report?). He said he didn't know and that he'd keep her informed.

Brunt spoke to Brenda on the Wednesday night and explained what they would be doing. When asked by the coroner he said he hadn't detected anything in her voice at all. In the conversation she had said " Oh, I have thought about ending it all. But I am feeling better, I have spoken to my son in LA." There was a 10 minute conversation. Brunt said they wouldn't name her or identify the village. Martin Brunt had no serious concern about her (from her voice). She said it was a pleasure to meet you.

When asked by the Coroner, he said the suicide remark was a throwaway remark. There was no indication she was serious about suicide.

Martin Brunt had no knowledge of her medical background.

There was no further contact after that conversation.

When asked by coroner he said it was not his decision to run the story at all.

He was devastated at the enormity of what happened.

LAWYER for Sky then stood up and queried the dates of the conversation. She said it was the 30th September that 'the conversation' took place. The follow up took place on 1 October.


Jonathon Levy - Senior Manager at Sky News

He was informed on 22/9/14 by Martin Brunt's line manager of the story - by e mail.

He said he had not attempted to contact Brenda Leyland.

Ofcom and Sky News has editorial guidelines and they expect their journalists to operate within these guidelines.

It has to be demonstrated that 'doorstepping' / 'invasion of privacy' needs to be warranted. The method used was proportionate to the subject matter.

Martin Brunt's line manager and a.n.other made the decision to doorstep. Jonathon Levy was satisfied with that decision when he heard it had happened, and that the guidelines had been met.

A decision was chosen from three options about how to broadcast -

1. Identify Brenda and the village

2. No identity and to obscure face

3. Visually identify but not name her or the village and obscure the car number plate

They considered 3. the right option. It was not necessary to fully identify her and create a huge interest by others. They did not identify her and continued not to name her even when other media did so.

Brenda Leyland was contacted and J Levy was aware of the conversations.


Dr Z - Consultant Psychiatrist (he was not treating Brenda at the time of her death, but had seen her as a patient many years ago)

Brenda did have a mental health condition of recurrent depression and certain unstable emotional personality traits. He understood they were lifelong conditions. It would not be obvious to others that she had a mental health condition. She was a very private person with complex psychological endowment. She had very contrasting emotions and conversations.

Coroner asked - did she always have full insight into her conversations?

Dr Z - yes, she would understand consequences of her actions. In discussions I think she flirted with talk of suicide.

He said he was not aware she had tried to take her own life in the past.

I've noted "suicidal tendencies".

Coroner - "But the risk of serious harm is always there?"

I've noted "not aware of any actions; risk of serious self-harm".

Dr Z - yes. He described her as an extremely intelligent lady. Her reaction, could not have been expected by others. And with his knowledge it couldn't have been foreseen.

Coroner - her personality would be to trigger such events?


Police Sergeant Taylor

attended the call to a female who was dead in a hotel room

Saturday 4 October 13.50. Call to police to attend the scene at Marriott Hotel, Enderby

Also at scene was Police surgeon, First Response Paramedic

Sgt Taylor recognised the name of Brenda Leyland from the media reports and googled some information before leaving the station.

First Responder had been in to the scene and there were no life signs and Brenda was pronounced dead. Sgt Taylor knew then that this was the lady who had been in the media recently.

At the scene was an iPad which when turned on opened onto a site referring to helium.

The scene reflected the instructions on the IPad. There were 2 helium canisters about 30 cms in height each (I'd say 40cms). One by Brenda and one by the bed.

Sgt Taylor said these were easily obtainable. There are no regulations around selling them.

It is known that helium in large doses can cause death.

No notes were found in the hotel room or at the home address. No one had received a letter or text after her death.

Sgt Taylor was satisfied that there was no 3rd party involvement. All had been planned by her hand and actioned by her own hand. The events with the reporter, Martin Brunt, and the consensual meeting he feels was the catalyst to the events. The iPad and laptop were looking to a logical sequence.

Sgt Taylor knew of no opportunity that could have stopped the sequence of events.



I've noted a repeat of the who, how, where, when. I also noted the comment that Brenda 'd been" upset by recent exposure to the media".

Brenda was an intelligent and proud lady.

It was clear who she was approached by and for what purpose. She was kept informed of the events and what would take place. She was given contact numbers.

I am satisfied that although she did have a mental health history others would not know she had mental health issues. She did mention she wanted to take it (her life) but she was cheerier.

Nobody was to know she would take her own life. There was evidence of research (about suicide) without anyone else knowing.

She bought the helium canisters and took herself to the hotel room. She had researched the method and the scene mirrored her internet research. There was no note left.

It was clear that the preparation was her own and there was no 3rd party. She had insight into her own behaviour.

The cause of death was

1a. Asphyxia

1b. Inhalation of helium

2. Citalopram intoxicity

Verdict : Suicide.

Finally, the coroner expressed her concern about the regulations regarding access to helium.

Report 03
With thanks to #Anon3

Friday 20th March 2015

(Brunt was in Cafe Nero at 9.00 a.m. where we bought our take out coffees, he looked haunted. I gave him my very best death stare)

We arrived at the Town Hall at 9.15a.m. The square was already awash with the press.

4 camera crews were filming us as we walked up to the doors.

At least a dozen Journos of varying flavours. 

Brunt's walk of shame happened at 9.20. He spoke to no one and went straight in not to be seen for an hour.

Met Jon. Met Sonia Poulton and her crew. 

We were all in the Foyer waiting for the court doors to be opened when in came R****** S*******.
5 ft tall, huge sunglasses, bleach blonde hair, black coat, black trousers, hideous purple plastic 'Dolly' shoes and matching nails. To say the room was shocked would be an understatement. There was the merest hint of a communal sharp intake of breath. Brazen is the adjective that springs to mind. She even smirked as she recognised me.

Upstairs we went to the public gallery. S******* sat right next to my bestie. She asked if she could borrow a pen. I said 'No'. She used her mobile to take her notes. 

There were 11 persons in the press box.

There were seventeen in the public gallery. 

The minutes ticked by. It was around 10.20 when things began to get underway.

The Coroner, Catherine Mason was fairly young, around 35, blonde.

The tension began to be palpable. 

The Coroner started by outlining the scope of the inquest.

It was only to be WHO, How, When and Where the person died. NOTHING ELSE.

No circumstances, no fault, no blame.

A full enquiry was/is? being done by police.

Then something I missed about Rule 23 ?????

Doctor West was the Pathologist. Who was NOT THERE. 

The Coroner listed the witnesses that would be giving evidence.

1) Dr.Smith (on behalf of Pathologist)

2) Detective Sargeant Hutchins

3) Written evidence from Ben Leyland

4) Martin Brunt

5) Jonathon Levy

6) DrZ ( the psychiatrist)

7) Police Sergeant Taylor


It will be sworn evidence

Council for SKY was a woman who's name I didn't catch 

The Coroner touched on the opening of the inquest where the body had been identified and evidence given by Ben Leyland and Brenda's ex husband Michael Leyland.

Brenda died on October 4th and found? at 14.05 hours at the Marriott Hotel.

'She was a much loved Mother and friend'

Brenda's Post Mortem was carried out on 7th October by Dr.West. THERE WAS NO OBVIOUS CAUSE OF DEATH 

Dr Smith takes the stand. He is barely audible, young, mumbling, and as his evidence progressed I began to pray I never Died in Leicestershire.

The toxicology report was as follows.

She had Ethanol (alcohol) & Citralopram in her system. The Cause of death was deemed to be 'Asphyxia by Helium'

She was under the drink drive limit for alcohol.

She had also taken a therapeutic dose of Paracetamol, Therapeutic dose of Codeine, and an antihistamine at normal dose.

The toxicology was done using Blood, Urine, Vitreous Humour (fluid from the back of the eye)

Dr.Smith then said 'There is no test available for Helium available in this country'

I nearly fell off the bench. THAT made everyone look around and raised a few eyebrows.  

The level of Citalopram was 1895 units. The norm is 20 to 50 BUT the pathologist said 'at death the fat cells that store this drug release it back into the bloodstream. So the raised levels could very well be due to post mortem release to an artificially high level.

Her Kidney function was normal. 

No further questions were asked.  

End of first witness.


The evidence of Detective Sergeant Hutchins;

He examined her computers.
Between November 2013 and September 2014 Ms.Leyland tweeted 2210 times. 19% of them were #McCann related.

The dossier was handed to the Met by a third party. It was deemed NOT RELEVANT.

Brenda's tweets re; McCann were not illegal and did not cause offence.

If a crime has NOT been committed then the journalist does not have to reveal his source.

There was no offence by journalist.
Ms Leyland did not tweet again after 29th September.
She did not see postings by others after 29th September. (on Twitter)

Some tweets ARE 'Subject to enquiries outside of this investigation'.

She had an I pad at the Hotel and a Laptop at home.

She had researched Death by Helium.
From 30th Sept until 2nd October her internet was exclusively suicide related. Specifically Helium. She had also searched for private garage rental.

My impression of Hutchins; Ill fitting shirt & tie. Dark suit, shaved head. He was quietly spoken, mumbling and difficult to follow as he had his back turned to the public gallery most of the time. I didn't like him) Looked like a more wimpy Mitchell brother from central casting.


The written evidence given by Ben Leyland. Her youngest son.
She was divorced in 2001 .
She moved from Oadby to Burton Overy post divorce.
She was a social figure in the village
She had a number of close friends
She had had a dispute about a wall/fence with a neighbour . Emails/conversations etc.
A few days before (sky) she had had a dispute with the neighbour she was upset, angry and embarrassed.

That was a week before SKY.

Tuesday 30th Sept she phoned Ben.
She was Panicky
'I've been tweeting about the McCanns'.
Sky had turned up. She was afraid of the claims made by Brunt.
They tried to stop the media.
Ben contacted their solicitor in London.
Ben phoned at 16.00 /17.00 hrs. UK time. ( he lives in LA)
Couldn't get them???
He was hoping for further contact with solicitor.
He saw her twitter account on 1st October 2013
He was unhappy, he called his dad over it. To make sure she was OK.
He was still waiting for the solicitor.
He was sure the story would 'blow over'.
The news story broke on Oct 2nd.
Dad, brothers tried to contact her. They couldn't reach her.
The issue of suicide was brought up.
Brenda had contacted a neighbour about looking after her cat while she was going to 'Lay low'.
There were reporters outside her house.
She emailed Ben on Wednesday. She said she was 'Cheerier'.
He couldn't call her.
Saturday 4th October she was found dead.

She had tried previously ( a long time ago) to commit suicide.
She was Proud, Very happy, Was quiet as a younger person. She failed to sustain relationships. Was a depressive.
She had previously been to a clinic for depression. She was a depressive throughout her life.

She had untreatable health issues.

Sky was the final straw. It broke her!.


The evidence of Martin Edward Brunt. Journalist. 

He states that the dossier came into his possession by a third party.

Asked to name the person HE REFUSES. 

Brenda was not named in the dossier. But the source knew where Brenda lived and her name.

He got the information from a TWEETER.

Brunt had trawled Facebook and found Brenda because of the photos of her Boxer dog. ( The b******)  

He went to her house. He parked 30 yards away with his camera man. at 7.00a.m.

At 10.00 a.m. Brenda came out of her house.

He followed behind her and called out her name.

The Coroner then asked Brunt if he had identified himself to her.

Brunt said 'It should have been obvious because of the camera'. 

He was surprised she spoke to him.

He asked her why she was 'attacking' the McCanns on Twitter. She said she was entitled to.

( here he made no mention of the CPS looking into her) 

They stayed in the village for 1&half hours. shooting footage.

(No mention of Summers&Swan) 

The car came back.

'Come in Martin' (and cameraman)

both of them went in.

She appeared relaxed. They conversed for 30 minutes.

He was surprised to be invited in. He had no concerns about her. nt asked her if she was interested in being filmed in house in a more considered interview. She didn't,

She talked to Brunt about the McFund. She had questions about that. She also questioned the childcare arrangements of the McCanns on that holiday.

She said Twitter was a means to express her feelings and she hoped she hadn't done anything illegal.

He says he told her inside the house that the CPS were considering prosecution.

She said she probably would never tweet again.

Asked what he would do he told her that she would be on SKY.

'Will you identify me?' He said he would use the footage of the outside of her house.

He gave her his mobile number and email. 

'I hope I haven't ruined your day'

'Call me with any concerns' 

He said they had many other twitter handles in the dossier. Sky implied they would be outing others and doorstepping them. 

Oct 3rd. SKY HEADQUARTERS Jonathon Levy wanted view on film etc.??? ( ??? ) 

Brunt tried to find other tweeters

Brenda had rung the next day ( 30th? )and asked when the expose would be happening.

He said he would keep her informed WED NIGHT.

Explained what would be shown.

She said she was feeling better after having a drink and speaking to her son in LA.

He told her he wouldn't name her or the village. 

They had a 10 minute conversation. He had no serious concern about her.

He didn't know her History. 

Brunt didn't decide to run the story. His line manager did.

He was out of the country when told she was dead. 

He said he was devastated by this and still was.


The evidence of Jonathon Levy. News Editor.

( my impression of Levy; Slimy, evasive, sweating, arrogant, disinterested, probably thinking about his expense account) 

On the 22nd September 2013 Brunt's line manager spoke of running this story.

The OFCOM guidelines had been looked at. Legal, ethical etc. (right...Yeah) 

Guidelines on Doorstepping or invasion of privacy . It depends on the 'Amount of common good ' That's what warrants it.

The common good should outweigh intrusion ( well did it!????)

He was satisfied with the guidelines

There were 3 options regarding the identifying of Brenda.

1) to name her

2) for her not to be indentified

3)to identify her visually but no name 

They didn't name her. 

He exits no doubt planning an extravagant lunch on his account.


The evidence of Dr Z (her psychiatrist)  

(May i just say at this point that his very presence in that inquest disturbed me greatly. He made Dr.Strangelove look relatively normal and sane. WHY was he there? He hadn't seen her in YEARS!! ) 

He had had no consultation with ms.Leyland .

He saw her years ago.

She suffered recurrent depression.

She was 'emotionally damaged'.

He was not aware of actual suicidal thoughts.

She had full insight into her own emotions.

He was not aware of any suicide attempts.

The doorstepping could have contributed to her death. 

( The bloke was straight out of central casting. Your typical mad psychiatrist. He blinked furiously throughout, he grimaced and gurned throughout his testimony. He was very hesitant and appeared completely baffled and bewildered,

White hair, dark suit)


The evidence of Sergeant Taylor. PC 379 Now based in Loughborough. 

He was on patrol. He got a call at 13.50 there was a deceased person at the Marriot Hotel. Room 449. 

There was paramedic and an other female PC there.

The STAFF at the Hotel found her.

The policeman knew about the SKY expose.

SOMEBODY googled her , found the newspaper story and printed it off for him.

There was an IPAD in her room, open. They tapped the screen and the browser site was Helium.

She was on a Kingsize bed. On her back. The Ipad next to her body.

He touched the screen and it popped open on the Helium site.

'Did the scene mirror the instructions on the screen?' Yes. he said.

There were two cans of Helium.

1 at the side of the bed on the floor. The other cradled in her arm.

Asked how big they were he opened his hands about ten inches and said 'Two, about this size'.

There are outlets that sell them. There are no regulations regarding the sale of Helium.

There was NO NOTE.

Not in the room and not at her house. 

There were no communication texts after the 29th Sept.


Police say death by her own hand.

Police say Brunt was catalyst.

Police say Nobody could have stopped her.


The summing up by The Coroner, Catherine Mason. 

There are many issues surrounding this death. But she is only concerned with WHO, HOW, WHEN and Where this occurred. 

Brenda was Intelligent, Loving and proud.

She was informed about when and how Brunt's piece would run. 

SHE PROBABLY researched suicide.

It was a scene that mirrored her research.

There was no note

No third party involvement

Asphyxia due to Helium inhalation + Drug Citalopram toxicity.


The Coroner would be raising concerns about the sale of Helium.

Report 04
Thanks to Leanne Baulch Justice for Madeleine ... ineMcCann/

Dr. West's evidence will be submitted, who is the pathologist

Persons of interest include Sky staff, and family representative.

Toxicology was required because his internal/external examination showed no proof of cause of death.

Toxicology revealed asphyxiation by helium overdose

It was a complex set of chemical results in her blood, which confuses the precise cause of death

Police man now testifying, discussing @SweepyFace

Onto discussion of the dossier, cop says Brenda sent no criminal messages. Police were of investigating her

Police concluded that she saw no threatening tweets,
"not using her account after 29th"...

Cop finished giving evidence.

Ben Leyland's statement being read out now

We will have to post this at a different time as we cannot get a full statement but it is not pleasant to hear. A picture of distress and panic is being painted, as though she had no choice but to contemplate suicide.

Brunt takes the stand.

Brunt is not willing to reveal the source of the dossier.

He claims that he didn't know that @sweepyface was Brenda Leyland, but that a "basic search of the internet, and her

FB account" narrowed it down to her identity...

MB describes how long his crew stayed in the village, after which the car returned, when "Brenda asked me into her home, where we spent time chatting..."

Unbelievably, Brunt says he hoped he hadn't "ruined her day..."!

Brunt's stepping down, Jonathan Levy stepping up.

Discussing principles of doorstepping, Sky only went ahead when they believed their policies, and those of Ofcom were satisfied

3 options considered, they chose to identify her only visually, but not to name. They decided against obscuring her face, on the basis of the story, being one of twitter identity.

Psychiatrist now testifying, says she had a mental health condition...

Brunt and Levy have now left, other members of Sky may still be present. Unsure on that.

Cop describing the scene in Brenda's hotel room, especially 'canisters of helium'

Coroner appears only to be interested in anything demonstrating helium overdose

She asks cop 'what conclusions have you drawn?" He replies that "he will be honest...."

Coroner retires for "10 to 15 mins"... Clearly, a foregone conclusion


Brunt told the inquest Leyland told him she tweeted about McCanns because she had concerns about fundraising.

She seemed relaxed - I offered her the opportunity to do a full interview but she declined. I told Brenda Leyland we would use the "engagement" we'd had outside on camera.....she seemed to accept that. After our meeting Leyland told me over the phone, prior to the news item being aired 'oh I have thought about ending it all but I'm feeling better now - I've had a drink and I've spoken to my son in LA.' I was devastated to find out that Brenda Leyland was dead."

20 March 2015 at 11:19am Police evidence at inquest into alleged internet troll death A police sergeant has told the inquest into her death that Brenda Leyland had spent the last days of her life looking online about suicide methods. Brenda Leyland was 63 and lived at Burton Overy in Leicestershire. Her family are not at the inquest but several "supporters" are in the public gallery.

The Coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide in the death of 63 year-old Brenda Leyland from Burton Overy in Leicestershire.
She was found dead in a hotel room after consuming drugs and alcohol, two days after being confronted on Sky News as an alleged poster of internet hate messages about the parents of Madeleine McCann.

The inquest has heard toxicology reports on the body of Brenda Leyland indicated she had consumed alcohol and anti-depressants


The Coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide in the death of 63 year-old Brenda Leyland from Burton Overy in Leicestershire.

She was found dead in a hotel room after consuming drugs and alcohol, two days after being confronted on Sky News as an alleged poster of internet hate messages about the parents of Madeleine McCann.

The inquest has heard toxicology reports on the body of Brenda Leyland indicated she had consumed alcohol and anti-depressants

police said spent last few day researching suicide methods online


 · link Police now testifying, discussing @sweepyface #mccann #brendaleyland


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·Dr has finished giving evidence … #brendaleyland #mccann


·     · link·It was a complex set of chemical results in her blood, which confuses the precise cause of death #mccann #brendaleyland


· link Updates from the inquest #McCann #brendaleyland …


· link was required because his internal/external examination showed no proof of cause of death. #mccann #brendaleyland


Seeking justice‏@justice4maddie16h16 hours agoR.I.P #BrendaLeyland your fight for Justice for Maddie #mccann goes on in your name


Katie Hopkins ‏@KTHopkins/Inquest begins into death of Brenda Leyland. Another casualty of the wilful negligence of Gerry and Kate McCann …

20 March 2015 Final Inquest Hearing: LEYLAND, Brenda Kathryn Gabrielle
Case No: 2686/14
Name of Deceased: LEYLAND, Brenda Kathryn Gabrielle
Gender Female
Date of Birth: 09/06/1951
Age: 63yrs
Town Burton Overy, Leicestershire
Medical Cause of Death To be ascertained
Circumstances Found deceased in a hotel
Inquest Status Open and adjourned
Date Inquest Open 08/10/2014
Hearing Date 20/03/2015
Hearing Time 10.00
Type of Hearing Final ( HMC Mrs C.E.Mason ).

18 December 2014. Pre Inquest Review: LEYLAND, Brenda Kathryn Gabrielle

Case No: 2686/14
Name of Deceased: LEYLAND, Brenda Kathryn Gabrielle
Gender Female
Date of Birth: 09/06/1951
Age: 63yrs
Town Burton Overy, Leicestershire
Medical Cause of Death To be ascertained
Circumstances Found deceased in a hotel
Inquest Status Open and adjourned
Date Inquest Open 08/10/2014
Hearing Date 18/12/2014
Hearing Time 9am
Type of Hearing Pre Inquest Review ( HMC Mrs C.E.Mason ).


18 Dec 2014, Opening of Inquest into death of Brenda Leyland

With thanks to #Anon1
Leicester Coroner’s Court

18 Dec 2014

Senior Coroner: Mrs Mason

For Sky: Counsel, Claire Dobbin (sp?)

Leicester Police: Sgt Taylor, Det Sgt Hutchins

Various press.

Sonia Poulton and ‘minder’.

Leyland family not present.

The coroner set out who will appear at the inquest.

Scope of inquest is essentially to establish who died, how, when and where. It is not about establishing fault or blame.

However, there is room to establish within the how, why Brenda died.

Although, at this stage, she did not envisage criminal proceedings, this may change on the day of the inquest.

There will be no jury, she will sit alone.

The police have completed their enquiries and all witness statements have been received.

There has been no disclosure of evidence to date to interested parties.

She does not require to hear the sons and will rely on the statement given to police by Ben Leyland.

Witnesses and evidence to be heard:

Dr West – pathologist (statement only)

Dr Smith – toxicologist (oral evidence)

Dr Zakrzewski – not Brenda’s GP, but had knowledge of her

Jonathan Levy – Sky (producer?)

Martin Brunt – Sky reporter

Ben Leyland – evidence only

Sgt Taylor – Leics Police

Det Sgt Hutchins – Leics Police

Expected duration of inquest – one day

Date – Friday 20 March

All witness statements will be disclosed to Sky’s counsel, though they must sign a disclaimer that the evidence will not be published ahead of the inquest.

The coroner placed Ben Leyland after Martin Brunt because his evidence relates to the period after Brunt approached his mother.

More info to follow. Sky are obviously seriously concerned.
October 2014 News reports October 2014

Saturday 04 October 2014


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