Bury teen did not intend to conclude his life, suggests coroner



A “really caring” Bury teenager who beloved activity may possibly not have intended to consider his personal life, an inquest has listened to.

Harley Whittle, 15, was discovered unresponsive in woodland in Bury on Friday, July 8 right after likely out with good friends.

An inquest into his demise at Rochdale Coroner’s Court docket on Tuesday listened to that Harley, who was a university student at St Gabriel’s RC High College, did not return to his property in Bury that night.

His mom went out to glance for him at 10.30pm and utilized monitoring software package on her cellular cellular phone.

Harley was explained as a really energetic youthful gentleman who cherished activity and was a black belt in karate.

He was a daredevil and his most loved subject at school was PE.

His mom Pippa Whittle explained: “He was the course clown and usually wound up the lecturers, but it was practically nothing really serious or destructive.”

Ms Whittle did suspect Harley may perhaps have been struggling from ADHD as he struggled to focus in school.

On March 30 this yr, Ms Whittle experienced a cellphone consultation with GP, Dr Ahmed Ali, from Tower Family members Healthcare in Bury where by she talked about her son’s prospective ADHD and concerns that Harley could be academically young than his age group.

His mum had also seen a lower on his forearm in January which was believed to be self-damage marks but Harley claimed that it was brought about owing to a rope burn off from strolling his canine.

Harley experienced in no way harmed himself ahead of and he had a superior romance with his mum and sister, as a result there had been no issues lifted about it.

Daniel Stewart, deputy head of St Gabriel’s and the guide for safeguarding at the college, stated: “Harley was a incredibly caring, energetic, entertaining and attractive younger male.”

He mentioned Harley’s disruption in faculty was only minimal and that he enjoyed getting on report as it was something favourable he could deliver residence to his mum.

The school also said they recognized scratches on his forearm on March 8 this 12 months but all over again Harley explained this occurred though strolling his doggy and there was no reason to question that this was a plausible account.

Mr Stewart reported learners ended up capable to strategy staff to communicate about challenges they had, having said that Harley by no means did.

The inquest was advised that Harley’s cause of dying was thanks to hanging and a toxicology report discovered that there was no symptoms of drug or alcohol in his body.

Paris Thompson, group chief for Bury kid and adolescent psychological overall health solutions (CAMHS) at the time of the incident, spoke about the referral manufactured about ADHD that came from the GP.

She mentioned he was screened for the condition and autism.

In conditions of achievable self-damage, CAMHS made a decision that it was a historic incident and consequently did not require an evaluation.

Spot Coroner for Manchester North, Catherine McKenna, pointed out that the referral never ever indicated that the self-hurt was historic and requested her why the psychological wellbeing referral was not taken further more straight away.

Ms Thompson stated that with hindsight she would have dealt with it in different ways.

Police Detective Inspector Nicola Hopkinson was on duty on Saturday, July 9.

She said that CCTV footage was recovered that confirmed Harley strolling in direction of the woods the evening and that he seemed good.

She also said that his cellphone was recovered and there have been no textual content messages that ended up relating to, and no note of intent was observed near his overall body.

Ms McKenna acknowledged that Harley did dangle himself that night but told the court docket that the proof did not fulfill the summary that he experienced supposed to end his lifetime.

She reported: “After leaving good friends on Friday evening he was in very good spirits, he experienced designs for his mother’s birthday the next 7 days and to see his mates days afterwards.

“I don’t assume he planned to close his lifestyle that night and I am satisfied that Harley wasn’t enduring views to stop his existence.”

Ms McKenna’s recorded a conclusion of misadventure for Harley’s loss of life.

Charity Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 for any one who requirements somebody to talk to.

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