A mum-of-two booked into a hotel for a night of “me time” and stabbed herself to death in her room, an inquest has heard.
Yi-Chen Shih’s husband dropped her off at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel in Cheltenham, her home town, on March 20, but she didn’t return home the next day to her family as expected.
After the alarm was raised, staff forced entry to the room and found her body.
The inquest, in Gloucester, was told she had been drinking excessively and had taken prescription drugs.
The hearing at Gloucester Coroner’s Court was told Mrs Shih had been struggling to cope with “cultural differences”.
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Senior Gloucestershire coroner Katie Skerrett said there were eight stab wounds and one of the wounds had penetrated her heart.
“It was clear that the injuries were self-inflicted,” the coroner said.
The coroner confirmed Mrs Shih had consumed prescription drugs which could have caused death and she had drunk alcohol.
She had regularly booked into hotels for some “me time” as her husband worked away in London, the inquest heard.
Shortly before her death, she posted letters to her loved ones which revealed “suicidal thoughts”, the coroner said.
Her husband confirmed to the inquest that she had seemed “animated” but had been drinking heavily two days previously.
He took her to the hotel but raised the alarm the following day when she failed to return, he said.
The coroner concluded that Mrs Shih had mental health problems and the letters she wrote to her loved ones were a “clear indication” that she intended to take her own life.
She recorded a verdict of suicide.
After the inquest, Mrs Shih’s family declined to comment.
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