The harrowing final moments of a British woman who took her own life after discovering the death of her partner have been revealed by her neighbour.
Alice Robinson’s body was found in her car just hours after learning her 29-year-old boyfriend, Jason Francis, had been fatally struck by a car as he lay on the road outside their Perth home in Western Australia on December 22.
Mr Francis had been on a night-out in Scarborough, a suburb of Perth, with friends before returning home in a taxi. While in the cab home, he had called his girlfriend to inform her he was just minutes from home.
Neighbours revealed 29-year-old Ms Robinson dropped to the ground when she ran outside and was told by first responders what had happened.
Nearby resident Collette revealed to The Sunday Times police urged her and fellow neighbours to be by her side with no immediate family in the country as she rushed to hospital with her partner of eight years.
Yet when Collette and others arrived, she was nowhere to be seen.
“We knew she would have been in a terrible state. We just could not find her,” Collette said.
“I feel so terrible for both their families over there. I’m so sorry we couldn’t find her.”
Collette said the expats, who were due to spend their first Christmas in Australia following their arrival in Perth earlier in 2018, were “wonderful people” and “very thoughtful neighbours”.
Friends of the much-loved pair have since raised more than £22,000 via a GoFundMe page to send their bodies back to the UK.
“Although they felt like family to us, all their true families live in the UK,” the page’s organiser Sam Diamond wrote.
Many from across the globe took time out on Christmas Day to share heartfelt messages for the young couple.
“I know Jason from when his RAF days, such a true gent and a wonderful human. The world is a sad place without him,” one man wrote.