Bouncer, 21, found dead two years after ex and girl gang’s brutal attack

A female bouncer savagely attacked by her girlfriend and three pals was found hanged in a "cry for help" two years later.

Aimee Purdey, 21, was left with a footprint on her head and lost a fingernail after Simone McDermott asked her to come over in January 2018.

An inquest into her death in a Manchester hotel room last March did not mention the assault which saw the then 18-year-old from Royton, Oldham, curl up in a ball and beg: "Let me go, please let me go."

McDermott, then 19 and the other girls laughed as they rained down kicks and punches whilst one filmed the "happy slap" assault on her mobile phone.

Ms Purdey said she thought about the attack every day as McDermott, Melissa Marriott, of Blackley, Siobhan Wait, also of Blackley, and Victoria Houghton, of Wythenshawe, were spared jail the next year.

The inquest in Manchester was told Miss Purdey had been suffering from severe mental difficulties and previously attempted to take her own life.

She was found dead in her room after booking into the New Union Hotel in Manchester's Gay Village following a night out with friends.

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Her father David Purdey said: "At the time of her death, I felt Aimee was getting on with her life and she was loving her job and that she was considering going back to college to do a hairdressing course.

"She seemed happy, and her depression was at bay. I just wished that you had known about Aimee's other attempt to end her life."

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Her mother Jennifer Purdey said: "She had had some relationship difficulties around September 2019 and that that caused some considerable distress to her. My opinion is that this was probably a cry for help."

Det Ch Insp Mark Astbury of Greater Manchester Police said: "During the course of being in the hotel room, Aimee had been messaging her then-girlfriend who called police after receiving a message in the early hours saying, 'I'm sorry'. Officers attended but Aimee was already deceased."

Recording a narrative conclusion, assistant coroner Miss Fiona Borrill said: "Aimee had been out drinking with her friends over the course of the evening. She had been distressed by a previous relationship breakdown and she was also very impulsive, and before had made the decision on impulse to overdose in January 2020.

"She had been drinking in the course of the evening but it is difficult to know if that had any effect on what she decided to do. She was in a hotel room and was on her own. She had been in contact with her then-girlfriend and said, 'I'm sorry' and the hotel room was locked.

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"It appears that Aimee was an impulsive person and I believe it is possible she hoped that she was going to be discovered. She was a young woman who clearly had a lot to live for and plans for the future, and it's desperately sad that her life has ended in this way."

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