Bubbly’ woman, 20, took fatal overdose after learning boyfriend cheated on her

A “beautiful and bubbly’ pharmacy worker took her own life with a lethal overdose after discovering her boyfriend was cheating on her, an inquest heard.

Victoria Doheny, 20, tried to contact her boyfriend without success after learning of the affair before sending his lover a text saying she had taken tablets, a hearing in Bolton was told.

In response the other woman pleaded: ‘‘Do not do anything like that, please Vic. Try to go to sleep, I will make sure he cannot see anything, please don’t do anything’.

But in her final message Miss Doheny told her: ”I am broken, all I do is cause problems. I need someone to care, and no one does. My life is s**t, I can’t do it anymore. I don’t want to do this Molly but it is too late. I have taken all the medication.’’

She later was found dead at the home of her half-sister in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The inquest heard Miss Doheny, who had worked as a dispenser, had begun a relationship with a man in August last year after meeting him through work.

Her father Christopher Dean said at the hearing: ”On December 4 2020, she came home, and she didn’t seem right. She was anxious and uncomfortable. It seems Mark [the boyfriend] had been cheating on her with a girl.

”She was upset and emotional and she said she thought it had been going on for some time. This girl also texted her on the Friday night saying she was seeing him.

“On the Saturday, we went over to Mark’s house in Halifax to get her belongings. She went into his house but then came out to me saying she was going to stay. She would not let me come into the house.

”On December 6, Mark brought her back to our address and she said she was going to stay with her stepsister in Salford, I didn’t believe her as I had my suspicions that she was going to go back to Mark’s.

“From that day I did not see her. She left work on Dec 10, saying she was sick and was then found dead on Dec 11. I only noticed a change in Victoria when she started seeing Mark. I believe her intentions were to take her own life.”

Ciara Gorman, Miss Doheny’s half-sister said: ”Vic came to live with me and I talked to her about her relationship with Mark. They had been struggling for a while and she tried to harm herself during the relationship. I offered for her to come and live with me and in the end, I insisted she did.

“On December 6 she came to my address but moved between mine and Mark’s home and he would come and pick her up. I was aware of the cheating and said it would be best for her to end it. But when she saw him, her confidence started to waver.

“She was badly affected by the problems in the relationship. I do not know if she intended to take her own life that night but whatever was happening got the better of her.”

Miss Doheny’s mother Gemma Doheny said: “Whilst she did end her life, I do not believe that was her intention. I think deep down she loved her family, and she would have left a note or sent a text message. She would not have just left without saying nothing.”

Her boyfriend did not attend the inquest.

In an unsigned statement given to police he said: ”It was a long-distance relationship. She would come to me at the weekend and I know she had issues before with self-harm.

“I loved Victoria to bits. She did not have a lot of friends and that is why she was lonely.”

The hearing was told Miss Doheny had a history of depression, anxiety and panic attacks and had been prescribed a number of medications.

Police coroners officer Benjamin Dobbs said: ”Numerous empty blister packets and several empty boxes of medication were found.

“But no messages were found in the flat indicating her intentions.”

Recording a conclusion of suicide Bolton coroner Prof Alan Walsh said: ”Victoria had complex issues in her mind, but she did have the support of her family.

”She was a bright, young lady and I believe she had a future in pharmacy work but there was clearly a change in her behaviour which may well have occurred at the time of her relationship.

“It appears to me she was badly affected by the relationship.

“The family could not have done more to support her. I truly am very sorry for you all.”

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News after the hearing, Miss Doheny’s family said: “She was beautiful, bubbly, a proper girl next door, who could be goofy when she wanted to be.

“She’ll be sorely missed by her family and friends.”

Her mum, Gemma Doheny added: “Victoria wasn’t an habitual drug taker, she smoked weed like a lot of young people do.

“A lot of young people think it doesn’t affect them in any way, shape or form but it does. It alters their personality and behaviour.”