Widow suicide on Remembrance Day

An Army widow killed herself on Remembrance Day while mourning her SAS hero husband and soldier stepson, an inquest has heard.

Joanna McAleese, 49, of Brecon, was the second wife of John McAleese who led the Iranian Embassy siege rescue in 1980 and died in 2011.

His son Paul was killed by a roadside bomb serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

Assistant coroner Rachel Knight recorded a conclusion of suicide at the inquest in Pontypridd.

Mother-of-two Mrs McAleese was discovered dead on a mountainside near Brecon next to a photo of a man in uniform, late last year. She had taken an overdose of pills.

Daughter Jessica, 30, told the hearing that her mother "always went downhill" on Remembrance Day.

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She said: "My mother took Paul's death really badly and struggled to come to terms with it.

"I believe she took her own life because she didn't want to be here any longer and wanted to be with her husband and stepson who died."

A dog walker found the body of supermarket worker Mrs McAleese with a photo of a man in uniform and a silver pocket knife, which was stuck in the ground.

The inquest heard she had a history of mental health problems and had also been the victim of a sexual assault shortly before her death.

She died from mixed drug toxicity.