A MUM found hanged alongside her drowned son was “terrified of dying of cancer and wanted to escape her toxic marriage”, an inquest heard today.
Russian finance analyst Yulia Gokcedag, 35, and her son Timur, seven, were found dead at home on the Isle of Dogs, East London in August.
She was found hanging at an apartment where Timur was also discovered drowned in the bath with his clothes laid out on the side.
Doctors gave Mrs Gokcedag a 97 per cent of surviving cancer but she believed she would be part of the three per cent exception, the coroner heard.
She also told her mum she was afraid to die despite going on to take her own life, it was said.
Mrs Gokcedag was due to undergo surgery days before she died on August 13, and was also receiving therapy to help cope with her fear, insomnia and anxiety.
A coroner heard Mrs Gokcedag also described feelings of psychological abuse to her psychiatrist and said she was planning to divorce her husband and take Timur to Russia.
The inquest into their deaths was opened on August 24 and resumed today at Poplar Coroners Court.
Husband Mehmet Gokcedag, a financial risk manager from Wimbledon, told the inquest: “It is very unimaginable why and how she could do this.
“The child that came out of her, why would she take his life?”
In a statement read to the court, a friend said Mrs Gokcedag confided in her during lockdown about her cancer and about wanting a divorce.
Katharina Sellner, who lived next door to Mrs Gokcedag said she often heard Mr Gokcedag shouting from next door and that she called the cops once due to fears for their safety.
She told the inquest: “From April 2020 when we were in lockdown because of the pandemic, Yulia would open up to me.
“I am aware that she had cancer but she seemed to be improving. In the first year living as neighbours, we heard a lot of shouting next door.
“Leading up to December 2019, the shouting became worse. On one occasion, I was woken in the middle on the night by Mehmet shouting.
“I called police as I heard Mehmet shouting very loudly. He shouted ‘learn more or go back to your country and learn English.’
The British-Turkish banker told the coroner Mrs Gokcedag and her mother Elena Galieva would also shout at him and that he felt excluded when they spoke in Russian.
“She would constantly blame herself of everything. It has destroyed her from the inside.”
She added: “She used to tell me she felt like ‘a storm is lying on my chest.’ She was even unable to cry.
Professor Amanda Ramirez, a psychiatrist, told the inquest Mrs Gokcedag suffered from acute and severe anxiety, insomnia and a strong fear of dying from cancer.
The inquest heard it was clear the mum and son were already dead when police and paramedics arrived and they were officially pronounced dead at 3.35am on August 13.
The inquest continues.