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Sevenoaks office worker found dead in her car after being laid off

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Original article from Kent Live

The death of a Sevenoaks temporary worker was alcohol related, an inquest has heard.

Justine Chapman, 52, was found dead in her car in a Sevenoaks car park on June 2.

The office worker left her home in Weald Road, Sevenoaks, at 6am that morning and intended to go to work.

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Hours later, however, she texted her partner of seven years, James Berry, and told him she had been laid off her temporary role.

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D.S. Mullins, who investigated the case, read out a statement during the inquest.

It read: "Kent Police were called by South East Coast Ambulance Service at 3.27pm on Wednesday June 2 to a car park in Sevenoaks.

"Justine's partner had found her slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle and she had been there for a number of hours.

"The patient was beyond help and already deceased once we had arrived."

Andrew Arthur, a neighbour who saw Justine on the day she was found dead, had a statement read out during the inquest.

He said he had seen Justine earlier that day sitting in her car and she was still in her car when he returned some hours later, but appeared to be asleep.

While police concluded there appeared to be no indication of any third party involvement, a further examination was carried out inside the vehicle.

A wine bottle was discovered on the back seat and was almost empty.

Weald Road, where Justine lived

There was also a bottle of screenwash visible inside the car and a strong smell that accompanied it.

A toxicology report published by David Rose later revealed that Justine had 350mg of alcohol present in 100ml of blood, which was four times the limit set by the Road Traffic Offenders Act.

In the final concluding statement, Assistant Coroner Alan Blunsdon said: "It is not clear what exactly happened between Justine leaving work and texting her partner.

"It is probable Justine consumed the alcohol which eventually led to a coma and her sad passing.

"The death was alcohol related."

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