Mum sobs as she reveals how daughter, 28, who died when car plunged into icy lake was 'terrified' after 'colleague rape' | The Sun

A MUM broke down today as she told how her daughter was left "terrified" by an alleged rape before her tragic death.

Hannah Warren, 28, died after her Mini convertible plunged into a freezing lake near a Tata Steel site in Port Talbot.

She had managed to free herself from the submerged vehicle and swim to nearby rocks but she tragically fell back into the icy water and drowned.

Hannah's mum told an inquest today how her daughter confided in her brother James that she had allegedly been raped by a co-worker.

The alleged incident came a year and a day before Hannah's body was found on February 4, 2016.

Jane Barnes said she had an insight into the state of Hannah‘s mind when she read notes on her phone and iPad detailing the alleged rape and its consequences.

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She added: "I felt extremely sad for Hannah. It was clear from the notes she had written that she had become terrified of going into work.

“And she was frightened to go back to her flat in case he was behind her.

“She wrote how she was never going to get over this.”

The inquest was told Hannah worked at an office design company in London called Oktra.

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She claimed Hannah was "encouraged" to keep quiet about the alleged rape.

The hearing was told Hannah had been reported missing from home in Streatham, South West London, on February 3.

She vanished in her car at around 6am and later texted her boss to tell him she intended to resign from her job.

Hannah then made the 200 mile journey to Port Talbot where she drove into the water from a quayside road that had no safety barriers.

Ms Barnes told the inquest she first discovered Hannah had gone missing when she received a phonecall from her daughter's boyfriend, David Murray.

He told her: “I think she is having a breakdown. She is talking a lot of rubbish.

"She says she has been speaking to Barack Obama and says she has hacked a government website and is being chased by government officials. She has gone off in her car."

The mum asked Mr Murray if she had been taking drugs, to which he replied: “No, absolutely not."

Home office pathologist Dr Ryk James told the inquest yesterday he believed Hannah died as a result of drowning.

Her face and body were covered in “a number of” bruises and grazes including some on her neck that indicated a ligature could have been placed around it.

However Dr James said this may have been caused by the car’s seatbelt.

There were "low" levels of cocaine and cannabis in Hannah's system but the medic was unable to say whether this was capable of "impairing her behaviour".

Hannah was also described as being in a "distorted" state of mind at the time of her death.

The inquest continues.

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