Boy, 13, found hanged after finding out his ‘crush’ was dating someone else

A teenage boy was found hanged after finding out the girl he had a secret "crush" on had started dating another boy, an inquest heard.

Harry Storey, 13, told friends on WhatsApp that he had suicidal thoughts after making the discovery – but they believed he was joking.

The inquest also heard that he had watched a TV programme where a female star had hanged herself and he might have developed a glamorised view of what it might be like.

A police investigator told the inquest that, tragically, Harry did not intend to die when he hanged himself and likely did not realise how quickly he would lose consciousness.

The charismatic sports-mad boy "unintentionally" died after he was found hanging from a tie by his father.

The discovery of the schoolboy came as a "complete shock" to his devastated family who never had any worries about him and regarded him as a regular, happy boy.

The coroner heard that the teenager's father, Andrew Storey, walked into the house in, Chilton, near Didcot, Oxon., after finishing work and saw Harry on the stairs out of the corner of his eye.

In his evidence, Mr Storey said: "I walked through the front door and I thought Harry was on the stairs looking down at his phone but I quickly realised he wasn't.

"I could not comprehend what I was seeing."

Mr Storey told the court that he started CPR on the year nine pupil and when his wife Sue walked in he shouted that Harry had hanged himself and to call for help.

"Harry was a charismatic, caring boy and sport was a huge part of his life, playing rugby, cricket and tennis," he continued.

"He would talk to anyone with ease and he had a natural ability to strike up a conversation which I admired him for.

"He seemed to us to be just a normal teenager but he did have high expectations of himself. It came as a complete shock to me," Mr Storey added.

The inquest in Oxford heard that Harry had plans for the next three weekends and his family had desperately tried to work out what happened, suspecting that a programme they had watched together on TV may have influenced Harry.

"We watched a programme where the female star had hanged herself but her friends rescued her. It made us wonder whether he had a sensationalised view of what might happen," coroner Darren Salter was told.

In her evidence, investigating officer Detective Sergeant Lou Heffernan-Glover stated that she had been working on cases like Harry's for four years and, after combing for clues, she did not think Harry's actions were intentional.

"I believe Harry would not have been aware how short the period is when you lose consciousness when there is pressure on the neck. It is anything from as little as 30 seconds.

"He was in a position where he could have put his feet on the floor. I think he lost consciousness unexpectedly. It could not have been predicted or prevented by his family," she added.


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