A Warwickshire doctor who was under investigation for alleged fraud protested her innocence in a note to a coroner before taking her life, an inquest has heard.
At Warwickshire Justice Centre on Friday, coroner Sean McGovern returned a verdict of suicide for the death of Dr June Shazeela Shanaaz Allim.
Mr McGovern said the principle reason for her actions was the thought of the many years of anguish the judicial process would cause herself and her loved ones.
The inquest heard how Dr Allim, of the Budbrooke Medical Centre, was found dead at her home in Norton Lindsey, near Warwick, on October 2 last year.
She took a high dose of temazepam before drowning herself in a bath.
She had been arrested and questioned over fraud allegations before being released on bail just weeks before.
In a note left for ‘the coroner’ she said: “I am doing this of my own free will, my family are not involved.
“I need to end this misery which is destroying all of us.
“If I wait for years for this to be sorted I will become a broken woman.”
She added: “I have no confession to make, my conscience is clear.”
Dr Allim’s husband Dr Henry White, also of the practice, said his wife had lived an exemplary life and was utterly dedicated to her work and patients.
He added; “Even though she was innocent it would have taken years to clear her name.
“She was very traumatised by this - she was in a state of despair and she took her life for this reason.”
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