Man in 70s woke to find wife, 22, dead in hotel room in anniversary tragedy

A HUSBAND has been left devastated after waking up in a hotel room to discover his wife dead just a few feet away from his bed, an inquest heard.

Noel Rogers, in his 70s, woke up to find his wife Porsche Louise Rogers, 22, dead at the Berwyn Arms in North Wales.

Tragedy struck while the couple were on holiday celebrating their wedding anniversary in Glyndyfrdwy near Corwen.

An inquest was told Mr Rogers found his wife lifeless as they were about to leave the hotel on October 29, 2019.

A post-mortem examination gave a cause of death as hanging, an inquest in Ruthin heard, NorthWalesLive reports.

It also found alcohol in her system at just under twice the legal driving limit and anti-convulsant and anti-psychotic medicines, at therapeutic levels.

Mr Rogers told the inquest he went to get help after he discovered her on the floor and a refuse collector called the police.

The pensioner said the pair met when his wife – formerly known as Amy Louise Roberts – was homeless in Wrexham.

She used a wheelchair and came to live with him at a previous bungalow in Acrefair – a village near Wrexham.

At the inquest, Mr Rogers denied he groomed or exploited and insisted "fell for each other", adding that he looked after her.

The two had gone to the Berwyn Arms to celebrate their first anniversary and had stayed there for eight nights.

Mr Rogers said he went to bed at 9.30pm as he was due to drive the next day but Mrs Rogers stayed up.

Mrs Rogers had got into difficulty with the landlady at the time, Julie Redmond, who refused Mrs Rogers another drink and called the police.

Ms Redmond feared the 22-year-old was going to go off in her wheelchair along the A5.

Eventually, after her husband came down and spoke to officers, Mrs Rogers went to their room.

Mr Rogers said he didn't remember her coming in, before making the awful discovery the next morning.

He said: "I was devastated and upset. I couldn't understand why she did it."

The inquest heard Mrs Rogers had a complex mental health history and had been in the care system when she was younger.

It also heard she had previously self harmed and talked about taking her own life.

Her mother, Linda Roberts, had concerns about the circumstances surrounding her death and said she believed Mrs Rogers would not have taken her own life.

A police inquiry found no suspicious circumstances and an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) probe, found nothing wrong with the way officers dealt with Mrs Rogers at the hotel.

Coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins, recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

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