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Mother-of-four, 27, was 'fed' heroin by new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, inquest hears

Mother-of-four, 27, was 'fed' heroin by new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, inquest hears

A mother-of-four was 'fed' heroin by her new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, an inquest heard.

Kirsha Leader from Ely, Cardiff, who worked as a steward for Premiership football club Cardiff City, had heroin in her system when she died.

But the 27-year-old's family and friends claim she would never knowingly take the drug and blamed her boyfriend Christopher Raisis.

Coroner Rachel Knight questioned Mr Raisis under oath over claims he was involved in Kirsha's death last December saying her family were 'desperate' to know the truth

But he said he could offer no explanation why heroin was found in her blood.

The inquest heard police quizzed Mr Raisis about his girlfriend's tragic death but he was never charged. The couple had only been together for five weeks.

Mr Raisis told the court he had been a heroin addict but was taking prescription methodone at the time of Kirsha's death.

Mother-of-four, 27, was 'fed' heroin by new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, inquest hears

Ms Leader's close friend Bernard Carlton, 65, told the hearing: 'She would never take heroin. Before she met Chris she wouldn't touch it.

'But Chris was feeding her heroin, she would be off her head and being sick all the time.'

Mr Carlton told the inquest he received a text saying: 'There's a rumour that Chris is bragging that he had got away with killing his missus.'

The hearing was told Ms Leader was 'self-medicating' for severe back pain buying strong pain killers on the black market and using morphine given to her by Mr Carlton who she called 'Pop'.

Mother-of-four, 27, was 'fed' heroin by new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, inquest hears
Mother-of-four, 27, was 'fed' heroin by new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, inquest hears

An almost empty bottle of the Oramorph solution was found nearby on December 11, the day she died.

Police questioned Mr Carlton over the offence of supplying a controlled drug but he was never arrested or charged.

The court heard Ms Leader was 'struggling' emotionally after her mother died, her sister Emma killed herself and she had held a knife to her own throat when her children were taken into care.

Mother-of-four, 27, was 'fed' heroin by new boyfriend who bragged he got away with killing her, inquest hears

In the weeks before her death she sent a text message to a friend which said: 'I just want to go to sleep and not wake up.'

But she was popular and successful in her job as a steward with Cardiff City, Swansea City and at Bath RFC.

Detective Constable Geraint Higgins said there was no sign that Ms Leader had injected heroin and no one had been charged in connection with her death.

Post mortem tests found she had 234 milligrams of morphine in her blood along with heroin and a small amount of cocaine.

Assistant Glamorgan Central Coroner Ms Knight said the circumstances surrounding the tragedy were 'unclear'.

She said: 'I have doubts about Christopher Raisis but there is insufficient evidence for a verdict of unlawful killing.

'Kirsha was struggling to cope with life but I don't find she wanted to die.

'She was also struggling with pain and may have taken too many tablets.'

Recording a narrative conclusion, she said: 'Kirsha was known to take illicit drugs and was self medicating with Oramorph and tablets.

'She was found dead in circumstances that remain unclear.'