A woman who was assaulted by her partner died because of drugs she had taken and not because of the injuries she suffered, a coroner concluded.

Miss Julie Kenney, 44, died in December, 2015, at her home in Edinburgh Drive, Bingham, having been assaulted the night before.

An inquest in Nottingham on Tuesday, led by senior coroner Miss Mairin Casey, heard neighbours reported someone had died at the house.

Police launched an investigation into her death and arrested her partner, Christopher Dembski, on suspicion of murder.

Miss Kenney had numerous blunt force injuries and a cut to her right ear, all of which could be explained by falling, Miss Casey said. She also had a head injury that could have been caused by being hit with a crutch.

Detective Sergeant Robert Palethorpe, of Nottinghamshire Police, said most of Miss Kenney’s injuries could have been sustained by her falling over or banging into furniture.

He told the inquest she was believed to have been struck by a crutch during a drunken altercation with her partner.

DS Palethorpe agreed none of the injuries could have contributed to her death and that the cause of her death was drug-related.

He said following a post-mortem investigation, which found drugs in her system, the death was treated as not suspicious.

DS Palethorpe said Dembski was convicted of assault, received a prison term and was later deported to Poland.

'This is a very sad case'

Miss Casey said a post-mortem examination found a potentially lethal level of an opioid drug in Miss Kenney’s body as well as ethanol and cocaine.

Miss Casey said: “This is a very sad case of a lady who was very vulnerable, particularly in the last few years of her life.”

Miss Casey said there was evidence Miss Kenney needed help but she did not accept the help offered to her.

She said there was no evidence it was a deliberate attempt by Miss Kenney to take her own life.

Miss Casey said no note had been found and there were no posts on social media suggesting she intended to take her own life.

She said Miss Kenney had associated with people who could be dangerous to her.

“Her neighbours observed [her partner] assaulting her the evening before her death but a post mortem examination has excluded any injury which could have caused her death.

“It was the drugs she took that caused her death.”