A WOMAN died in her bedroom after taking an overdose of anti-depressants and painkillers, an inquest heard.

But Wiltshire Coroner David Masters recorded an open verdict into the death of Grace Buckley and not suicide because he couldn't be sure she intended to kill herself.

The 38-year-old had been suffering from depression for seven months and had attempted to commit suicide in November.

But the inquest heard she had been in good spirits on the evening prior to her death, looking forward to Christmas and planning a night out.

She had been drinking in the Boundary House pub in Moredon with some friends and her husband Bartholomew on December 20.

The couple had an argument and she had telephoned her son Matthew to come home.

He returned to find his father asleep downstairs on the sofa and his mother upstairs in the bedroom of the family's home in Elborough Road, Moredon. He checked his mother's medication, none of which was missing, and fell asleep.

He woke up to find his mother convulsing. Ambulance and police attended but Mrs Buckley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dr Janette Armstrong, a consultant histo-pathologist carried out a post mortem and found painkillers and anti-depressants above the level required for therapeutic reasons.

Mr Masters said he felt uneasy about certain features of the evidence. The police said they found a suicide note but Mrs Buckley's family said the letter did not match her handwriting.

Mr Masters said: "There was nothing in her behaviour to indicate she was so depressed she was considering taking her own life.

"What she did by her own hand of course killed her. I cannot be sure she intended to take her own life."