A BRITISH hairdresser was found hanged in an Ibiza hotel room after her boyfriend stormed home from their row-filled holiday, an inquest heard today.
Tragic Cara Keirl took her life just hours after accusing partner James Kane of hitting her in an emotional phone call with mum Cheryl.
The troubled 28-year-old’s body was found by a cleaner in her room at the Cartago Hotel in Puerto de San Miguel.
Mum Cheryl Kenney said she had spoken to Cara every day since she had arrived in Ibiza.
Their last conversation was at 1am on June 9 – hours before she hanged herself.
She said her daughter complained that her boyfriend had been hitting her and they had had physical fights.
In a statement, dad-of-two James said he had begun a relationship with Cara in 2014 and later moved into her home with her parents in Worcester.
“I’m aware she had problems in the past,” he said.
“I believe she was a crack cocaine user but managed to get off the drug.
“As far as I’m aware she didn’t use any Class A drugs during our relationship.”
He described Cara as “very fragile” and said she used alcohol as a “crutch”, sometimes downing three bottles of wine in one sitting.
“Some time during 2013 she tried to take her own life – she was living with her parents at the time,” he said.
“We moved out of the family home during February 2015 and had financial problems from the outset.
“Cara was very stressed and wasn’t working much. She was a very good hairdresser but was struggling to see her clients as a result.”
The pair began drinking at 11am the morning after they arrived in Ibiza, but Cara became “very drunk”, and James left her at the bar and went to get a soft drink.
When he went back to find her he said she was talking to her mum on the phone, saying she “might as well be on holiday on her own”.
At midnight he said he spotted her “hammered” in a bar and they went back to their hotel room where a fight broke out about their families.
Cara bit his finger hard and hit him with a can of hairspray before pinning him against the wall, at which point he kicked out at her upper leg, he said.
Mr Kane claimed he had to leave her in Ibiza to “safeguard” himself because he might be accused of domestic violence if he stayed.
He stormed out of the hotel and spent ten hours waiting at the airport before travelling back to the UK.
A post-mortem examination found bruises on her shoulders, arms and legs as well as a blood alcohol level of 1.44 grams per litre.
Assistant Avon and Somerset Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said: “I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Cara did carry out an act with the intention to take her life.”
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