Warning over 'dangerous and reckless' practice after woman killed by boyfriend

Georgia May Brooke's mum Samantha and sister Nadia hold her photo outside the coroner's court

A dancer "strangled" by her "controlling" boyfriend was unlawfully killed, a coroner has concluded.

Georgia May Brooke died in hospital in the early hours of Friday, February 4, 2022, after going into cardiac arrest. The 26-year-old had taken GHB and cocaine with boyfriend Luke Cannon at his Bradford home. He phoned 999 but Georgia could not be saved.

A murder investigation into Georgia's death was launched by West Yorkshire Police. They hunted for Luke who was found hanged a short time later close to the hospital.

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Forensic pathologist Dr Christopher Johnson, said the principle cause of Georgia's death was compression of the neck which he said had been forceful and prolonged. The level of GHB found in her system was said to be in the toxic range.

A police investigation found Georgia had a sexual interest in 'choking'.

Coroner Martin Fleming, concluding Georgia had died as a result of unlawful killing, described what happened as a "sex game that went wrong." He said such sexual practices were both "dangerous and reckless" and suggested that what happened to Georgia should send out a "strong deterrent message to those engaged in such practices."

Mr Fleming said the strangulation amounted to an assault on Georgia and that she "could not have consented to the fatal consequences". He said there was no evidence Luke had intended to kill her, reports Yorkshire Live.

The inquest heard evidence from police that Georgia had been influenced by Luke with changes seen in her behaviour. Text messages between them suggested she had consented to sexual practices with Luke.

Mr Fleming described Georgia as a much loved sister and daughter and a talented dancer and dance teacher. He said Georgia was popular, caring and kind and not worldly wise. He said she was a young woman with a bright future ahead of her.

After the hearing, Georgia's mum Samantha and sister Nadia paid tribute to her. They said the last two years had been 'horrific' as they had dealt with the loss of Georgia and the fight for justice.

They described her as a beautiful and talented dancer who was adored and loved by everyone. They said their 'journey for justice' had come to an end and they respected the decision of the coroner.

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