Coroner records verdict of suicide in McCann 'troll' inquest

The Coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide in the death of 63 year-old Brenda Leyland from Burton Overy in Leicestershire.

She was found dead in a hotel room, two days after being confronted on Sky News as an alleged poster of internet hate messages about the parents of Madeleine McCann.

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Alleged internet troll on abuse tweets: 'I'm entitled to'

Sky News reporter Martin Brunt has told the Brenda Leyland inquest that he traced her from a police dossier using basic Internet search techniques.

Brenda Leyland Credit: Pictures Sky News

He and a cameraman waited outside her house and approached her. When Brunt asked her why she was saying things about the McCanns she replied "I'm entitled to."

After the confrontation on camera Brunt stayed in Burton Overy to get shots.

He approached her again later same day and she invited him in for an off camera chat.

Brunt told the inquest Leyland told him she tweeted about McCanns because she had concerns about fundraising.

She seemed relaxed - I offered her the opportunity to do a full interview but she declined. I told Brenda Leyland we would use the "engagement" we'd had outside on camera.....she seemed to accept that. After our meeting Leyland told me over the phone, prior to the news item being aired 'oh I have thought about ending it all but I'm feeling better now - I've had a drink and I've spoken to my son in LA.' I was devastated to find out that Brenda Leyland was dead."

– Martin Brunt, Sky News reporter

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