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Narrative verdict in teen death inquest
10:35am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A TRAGIC Dorchester teenager did not mean to end his life, an inquest heard.
Kieron Thomas Clewett, aged 17, was found hanged at his family’s home in August this year.
Although coroner for Dorset, Sheriff Payne said it seemed like a suicide attempt, he recorded a narrative verdict because Kieron’s intentions were ‘unclear’.
He said that none of Kieron’s family or friends had ‘any inclination that he might be thinking along those lines’.
The inquest heard that Kieron was discovered by his father on the afternoon of August 13. He died shortly afterwards at Dorset County Hospital.
Although he had expressed distress to one friend on the morning of the incident, Mr Payne said the self harm looked like a ‘cry for help’.
Before extending his sympathies to Kieron’s family, Mr Payne said: “To record a verdict of suicide, I have got to be sure – and I am not sure.
“I can’t be absolutely positive in these circumstances.
“This may well have been a cry for help. There was a deliberate attempt at self harm but not with the ultimate intention to end his life.”