The siblings of a ‘pushy mum’ found hanged in her £1.5million home have described her death as a cry for help.Dentist Helen Nicoll was found hanged by husband her Stephen early in the morning after they had a blazing row. At her inquest this week, she was described as a “pushy mum” who “physically and emotionally abused her family” as well as battling with depression and a drink problem.
But her sisters and brother claim their sister wasn’t shown in her true light at the inquest, which heard how Mrs Nicoll would lash out at her family during drunken rages. Her sisters and brother said: “Helen’s portrayal throughout this inquest is not the Helen we as a family knew. There have been too many unanswered questions.”
Mrs Nicoll, 53, believed her husband was having an affair and that her son and two daughters had been brainwashed against her. It led her siblings to describe her death as “a cry for help that would never be heard in the family household in which she lived”.#
The inquest heard how she pushed her children to excel, especially in music, and was subject to a police investigation over assaulting her eldest daughter Georgia, 22, several years ago. Assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire Simon Milburn said: “June Helen Nicoll died as a result of a self inflicted act, that is the tying of the ligature, but the evidence of her intent why she did that remains unclear.”