A CARPHONE Warehouse employee took her own life at work after making a “clearly resolvable” mistake over staff pay, an inquest has heard.

Pauline Lowe worked in the finance department of the mobile phone giant in Poole.

She became upset about the error which meant people might be incorrectly paid. Her supervisor said the matter could have been resolved and was not a sackable offence.

Miss Lowe, 49, went missing on June 29 last year. A search was launched by colleagues and her body was found in a secluded area of the warehouse around an hour after she had spoken with her supervisor about the mistake.

The inquest heard Miss Lowe, who lived in Poole, had hanged herself.

Her brother Jared Lowe said his sister had expressed financial worries to family members and raised concerns that her physical and mental health was having an impact on her ability to do her job.

Andrew Dinnivan, Miss Lowe’s supervisor, said: “The outcome of the error would be that people got paid wrong but in the great scheme of things it was nothing really.

“It was not something that was insurmountable, there was still time to correct it. It wasn’t something that would see her dismissed.”

He was alerted by a colleague that Miss Lowe hadn’t been seen for some time and asked a female colleague to check the ladies toilet.

Her body was found in a secluded area of the warehouse by colleague Mita Chudasama.

PC Philip Prentice, of Dorset Police, told the inquest the warehouse CCTV showed Miss Lowe sitting in an area visible on the camera for some time before heading into the alcove, which was not covered.

Brendan Allen, the assistant coroner for Dorset, said: “It seems to me Pauline was worrying about a number of things in the lead up to her death, including her physical and mental health and the impact that was having on her work, her financial circumstances and it may have been the case she was still suffering the bereavement of her father.

“She made an error at work that was clearly resolvable.”

He recorded a verdict of suicide.

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