Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Newlywed bride found hanged in Gambia after rowing with her African husband

Happier times: Simone and her husband who was known as Carlos pictured on their wedding day in a Gambian beach ceremony
A bride who joked about her new husband ‘breaking her legs’ was found dead at their home after he found out he was infertile.
Simone Jabakhanji, 27, from Leyland in Lancashire had been rowing with her businessman husband Mohammed, 29, after he was given the devastating news by doctors, an inquest into her death was told.
In the days leading up to her death she even told her mother back in England that she was frightened of her husband – a cannabis smoker – and needed to give him ‘quiet space.’
But she was found hanged at their home in the West African country’s capital city of Banjul, on August 13, 2011.
Just a year earlier Simone had married Mohammed Jabakhanji in a Gambian beach ceremony attended by her family including brother Paul Lally and mother Janice Lally.
The pair met during a family holiday and although her family initially had reservations, Mrs Jabakhanji moved to Gambia to be with her future husband in 2009 and married him a year later on Valentine’s day 2010.
In the immediate aftermath of her death Mohammed, who is also known as Carlos, was arrested for her murder by Gambian police but he was later released.
At an inquest in Preston, coroner Simon Jones said there had been no co-operation from the Gambian authorities on their investigation and that he could not be certain her death had been suicide.
He said there had been repeated requests through Interpol, the Foreign Office and the Gambian High Commissioner, but only a limited amount of detail had been revealed.
He also added that no autopsy had been carried out in Gambia and Mrs Jabakhanji’s body had been embalmed before repatriation to England, possibly removing vital clues surrounding her death.
Mr Jones said: ‘There’s very little information about the surrounding circumstances, she was discovered to be hanging at her property. There is no indication as to how Simone came to be there.
‘When a death like this happens in this country we get police statements, photographs of the scene.
Dream wedding: Simone pictured at her beach wedding on Valentine's day in 2010 with her mother Janice and Peter in Banjul, Gambia
Dream wedding: Simone pictured at her beach wedding on Valentine's day in 2010 with her mother Janice and Peter Lally in Banjul, Gambia

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