Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctor's Double Life Drove My Daughter to Commit Suicide; Mother Attacks 'Cold, Callous' Boyfriend Who Had Secret Wife and Son

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctor's Double Life Drove My Daughter to Commit Suicide; Mother Attacks 'Cold, Callous' Boyfriend Who Had Secret Wife and Son

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Byline: MARK WILKINSON;ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM

THE mother of a psychiatrist who committed suicide today blamed her daughter's "cold and callous" lover for her death.

Barbora Richardson, 38, died after swallowing a cocktail of painkillers when she discovered her consultant surgeon boyfriend of seven years, Long Jiao, was married and had an eight-year-old son.

Ms Richardson's mother, Dr Hana Marin, today hit back at Mr Jiao's claim that Barbora knew about his wife and child - and said she had written to the General Medical Council calling for his dismissal. She said: "I feel there is a grave question of moral integrity regarding Mr Jiao, and it concerns me that someone who in my opinion has been so cold and callous towards my daughter should be practising in the field of medicine.

"She had everything to live for but the shock of her discovery led to her death by suicide on the day she had confirmation of his marriage to someone else." Mr Jiao, who works at Hammersmith Hospital, denied he had led a double life which drove Ms Richardson to take a lethal overdose and claimed: "I am still grieving for her. Barbora knew that I was married and had a child. I had a divorce in China. I am very sad about her death."

An inquest heard yesterday that Ms Richardson's body was found by her stepfather at the family home in Kensington on 22 November.

She had moved there after breaking up with her boyfriend and was found to have taken a massive overdose of co-proxamol and other medication.

Recording a suicide verdict, Westminster coroner Dr Paul Knapman said: "She entered into a relationship with another doctor and later realised he was married.

She would have been aware of the lethal consequences of taking co-proxamol."

Her best friend, Ginnette Kitchen, said Ms Richardson was inconsolable when she found out about her lover's secret life. …

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