Popular Businesswoman Found Dead Inside Bathroom After Setting Herself On Fire

Lukhbir Turner, a popular businesswoman and mother of two whose marriage had broken down was found dead in a bath after setting herself on fire, Metro UK reports.

The 40-year-old was found dead at her home in Tudor Close, Newtoft, Market Rasen by police, after neighbours raised the alarm because they had not seen her for three days.

The 40-year-old was feeling isolated in rural Lincolnshire and was living without her children at the time. An inquest revealed that she had texted her estranged husband to say there was no reason to go on living.

Her life ended alone and in terrible desperation in a bath filled with a flammable substance. But she was a very popular woman and a successful businesswoman, with dozens of friends attending her funeral.

Mrs Turner’s brother Amarjit Dhami, 45, told Lincolnshire Live: ‘She was ill over these last few years but prior to that she always had too much confidence.

‘Growing up, I had about five friends and she had hundreds – she was very popular and a lot of her friends went to the funeral.’

She was director of Crucial Trades, a firm in her home village that operates as an electrician, heating engineer and plumber.

She had also worked at Siemens as a standard services business coordinator from 2014 to 2016, as well as working in the past at DS Smith Packaging, Audi and Nottingham City Council.

An inquest in Lincoln heard the tragic details of how her life came to an end – and how her estranged husband was caught up in the police investigation in the days after she died. The hearing was told that police found that the 40-year-old woman had red marks around her neck.

As a result, officers initially believed that she may have been strangled and her death made to look like suicide. Her estranged husband Christopher Turner was initially a suspect. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue concluded the fire was deliberate. However, a box of matches carefully placed on the side of the bath was unused.

The mystery was solved when a cigarette lighter was found in the bath. Mrs Turner was also spotted on CCTV carrying a can of a flammable substance into the house.

The bathroom door was closed which prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the house. Mr Turner was eventually eliminated from the investigation because he was hundreds of miles away in Devon at the time.

The court heard that Mrs Turner, originally from Wolverhampton, had taken three overdoses of prescription drugs in the three months prior to her death on September 5 last year.

She had regular contact and support from mental health services and her GP surgery but she was troubled by the breakdown of her marriage and also felt isolated in rural Lincolnshire.

Detective Inspector Dave Harrop, from Lincoln CID, told the inquest about his initial thoughts when he saw the red marks on Mrs Turner’s neck.

He said: ‘I formed the initial hypothesis that she had been strangled and it was made to look like a suicide.

‘I could not believe that someone could set a fire in the bath they were in and then neatly place a box of matches on the side of the bath.

‘But a cigarette lighter found in the bath explained the initial mystery of how the fire was started.

‘My conclusion is that she committed suicide. I think she was in a desperate place in order to do what she did.’

The court heard that Mrs Turner had texted Mr Turner to state ‘there was nothing left for her’.

The cause of death was found to be inhalation of the products of combustion and the coroner’s conclusion was suicide.

The coroner said that on the evidence she had heard she was satisfied Mrs Turner took her own life.

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