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Rebecca Day death: Call to reopen inquiry after inquest

Rebecca Day Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Rebecca Day died in hospital after she was found hanged in her flat

The family of a woman from Hull who suffered domestic abuse are calling for the police to reopen the investigation into her death following an inquest.

Rebecca Day, 23, was found hanged in her flat on Peel Place last December.

At Hull Crown Court, the assistant coroner recorded an open verdict and said there was not enough evidence to prove she intended to kill herself.

Her boyfriend Liam Scott was arrested on suspicion of her murder, but was later released without charge.

The inquest heard the pair started a three-year relationship in 2010.

In September 2013, Mr Scott was sent to prison for breaking Ms Day's nose. He was released two months later.

She died in hospital in Hull on 30 December.

Mr Scott told police he found her hanging from a rope.

'No new evidence'

At the inquest, Ms Day's family heard she suffered physical abuse at the hands of her boyfriend.

Speaking after the inquest, her father Phil Day said: "Our lives will never be the same again. No parent should ever have to bury their child.

"To hear the abuse my daughter suffered breaks my heart because it's my job to protect my daughter.

"I'm her dad. It's your one job in life to protect your daughter. Nobody should have to go through what Becky went through.

"We won't rest until we get justice."

Det Ch Insp Matt Baldwin of Humberside Police said there was no new evidence to re-open the case.

Assistant Coroner Rosemary Baxter said: "No note indicated she intended to take her own life. She loved her family very much and they loved her.

"Like the police, I will never know what happened or what Becky was thinking or experiencing at the time."

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