Cause of teenager's death still unknown as coroner rules out suicide

Coroner - Caroline Beasley-Murray

Coroner - Caroline Beasley-Murray

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A GRIEVING family paid tribute to their late son during an inquest which failed to establish exactly how he had died.

Sam Clowrey died at the age of 13, in the Royal London Hospital last September, after a decision was made to turn off his life support machine.

He was airlifted to hospital after he was found by his twin brother Mack, hanging from his bathroom door with a dressing gown cord around his neck.

Caroline Beasley-Murray, senior coroner for Essex, yesterday recorded an open verdict, saying she was not sure beyond reasonable doubt the teenager had made an informed and deliberate action to take his life. The incident occurred at Sam’s home in Fermoy Road, Thorpe Bay, on August 29, last year.

A post mortem carried out at Southend Hospital concluded Sam’s death was caused by bronchial pneumonia due to a hypoxic brain injury caused by the hanging.

Chelmsford Coroners’ Court heard yesterday Sam, a student at Thorpe Hall School, was last spoken to by his mother on the afternoon of August 29, when she told him off for using her credit card.

He left a note for her that read: “I will never do anything like that again, love Sam.”

Sam’s father, Jason Clowrey, said in court: “Our beloved son Sam was a wonderful young man with the world at his feet.

“His passing has left a hole in our lives and theywill never be the same again. He will forever be in our thoughts and in our hearts.”

Mrs Beasley-Murray said: “I am not going to record that he killed himself.

“Wewill never quite knowwhat was going through that young man’s head.

“He was clearly very intelligent, but youngsters can be so impulsive. I have read Sam’s note and it is not clear from it he was going to take his life.”

After Sam was found by his brother, two ambulances and several police cars went to the scene, closing Fermoy Road for almost an hour, before he was airlifted to hospital.

Police concluded there were no suspicious circumstances around Sam’s death and that he had no significant medical history.

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10:30am Tue 22 Jul 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

Without causing any disrespect, i'm curious to see how this can not be put down as suicide and have no suspicious circumstances?

He was found hanging by a dressing gown, he either done it himself which makes it suicide or that someone else done it which would make it suspicious circumstances.

Can someone shed some light on this please?
Without causing any disrespect, i'm curious to see how this can not be put down as suicide and have no suspicious circumstances? He was found hanging by a dressing gown, he either done it himself which makes it suicide or that someone else done it which would make it suspicious circumstances. Can someone shed some light on this please? Who_Flung_Dung
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5:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Gay Ray says...

Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
Without causing any disrespect, i'm curious to see how this can not be put down as suicide and have no suspicious circumstances?

He was found hanging by a dressing gown, he either done it himself which makes it suicide or that someone else done it which would make it suspicious circumstances.

Can someone shed some light on this please?
I think you could do worse than to use the internet to research the matter. Although I would not pretend to have any specialised knowledge in this area I think you will find that the majority of open verdicts are recorded in cases of suicide where the intent of the deceased could not be proved. From the report that would seem to be the case in this instance- It's all in the intent.
[quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: Without causing any disrespect, i'm curious to see how this can not be put down as suicide and have no suspicious circumstances? He was found hanging by a dressing gown, he either done it himself which makes it suicide or that someone else done it which would make it suspicious circumstances. Can someone shed some light on this please?[/p][/quote]I think you could do worse than to use the internet to research the matter. Although I would not pretend to have any specialised knowledge in this area I think you will find that the majority of open verdicts are recorded in cases of suicide where the intent of the deceased could not be proved. From the report that would seem to be the case in this instance- It's all in the intent. Gay Ray
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