Oswestry dancer and teacher accidentally died at home


Rebecca Cole

AN AVID dancer and dedicated teacher died an accidental death, an inquest heard.

Jacqueline Sabrina Little, of Hampton Fields, Oswestry, was described by her brother Julian Morrison-Little as a “doer” who “rose to the top” and had a love of dance.

The 59-year-old died at the home she shared with her father and it was he who found her body on the morning of April 5, just weeks before she was due to go on holiday to Spain.

“She was really looking forward to it,” Mr Morrison-Little told the inquest.

“She loved Tango dancing and had a few events in the diary for the year ahead.

“She did three times more with her life than me and I do pretty well myself.”

Ms Little spent much of her life teaching but was also a marketing executive for a time.

Her brother admitted she had a problem with alcohol but was very “secretive” about it.

“She was always seeking something else,” he added.

“She had her troubles but thought she was on the up.

“I believe it was just a very sad accident.”

A post mortem found Ms Little had left ventricular hypertrophy, thickening of the heart tissue, which Shropshire coroner John Ellery said was “most likely alcohol related” and a high level of alcohol appeared in her blood and urine.

He told Mr Morrison-Little: “I’ve heard no evidence at all that your sister intended to harm herself” and recorded a verdict of accidental death which he ruled was the “unintended consequence of a deliberate act” of drinking.

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