Coroner’s sympathy to family of girl, 15, found hanging

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A SCHOOLGIRL died in hospital four days after being found hanging at her home, an inquest heard.

Robyn Watson, 15, was rushed to hospital last Friday night, March 2, when she was found “seriously injured” at her home in Sheffield.

Opening the inquest into Robyn’s death, Sheffield coroner Christopher Dorries said that the emergency services were called to the Watson family’s home in Olive Grove Road, Heeley, at about 8pm that Friday night, when the Year 11 schoolgirl was found hanging near her bedroom.

She was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where she died on Tuesday, March 6. Lisa Watson, Robyn’s mother, then identified her body.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by consultant pathologist Dr Mudher Al-Adnani, who recorded the cause of death as cerebral edema – brain swelling – caused by hanging.

Adjourning the inquest, Mr Dorries said: “At this stage I would just like to offer my condolences to everyone in Robyn’s family on the dreadful tragedy that has befallen their lives, and I’m very sorry these are the circumstances.”

Cards and flowers in tribute to Robyn have been left near the entrance to Newfield School, where she was in the final year of studying for her GCSEs.

One message left at the school gates read: “A beautiful young girl taken away from us. A shock to us all. You are in a better place now. RIP angel.”

Another tribute said: “You did not deserve to feel the way you did – people love you.”

One girl wrote a message saying: “Unfortunately you never got the chance to understand how many lives you touched and how many people will remember you.”

Although friends posting on social networking site Twitter made reference to bullying, a spokesman for Sheffield Council said there was “no substance” to rumours that this was behind Robyn’s death.

The spokesman added: “It is unhelpful for these rumours to be given any further credibility.”

A book of condolence has also been opened at Newfield School, where pupils are being offered counselling.

Headteacher Dr Sue Bains said: “Robyn was a lovely girl, she didn’t know how many people liked her.

“Our hearts go out to Robyn’s parents and family at this deeply upsetting and tragic time.”

Police are not treating the schoolgirl’s death as suspicious.