Tragedy of girl found hanged after love split

Olivia Glennie. PIC: Ross Parry
Olivia Glennie. PIC: Ross Parry
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BRIGHT, bubbly and popular, schoolgirl Olivia Glennie appeared to have everything to live for.

The 15-year-old talented dancer and singer had a loving family, a circle of close friends and was expected to excel in her GCSE exams.

Yet the outwardly happy teenager was hiding some of her negative feelings, including insecurities about her looks and worries about an on-off relationship with her boyfriend.

Yesterday she was remembered as a beautiful, outgoing girl at an inquest into her death in hospital five days after she was found hanged from a tree in woods at Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield.

The hearing was told that Olivia, known as Livvy to her family, was found by a dog walker in September last year.

The teenager, from Newsome in Huddersfield, was given CPR and taken to hospital but life support was withdrawn, with the blessing of her parents Diane and Alex, when doctors confirmed that she had suffered severe brain damage.

The inquest heard that just days before she was found in the woods Olivia had attended the wedding of her sister Lucy.

Diane Glennie told the hearing that the family still could not understand why Livvy had acted as she had.

“We were absolutely devastated to be told that our beautiful daughter would not pull through; it brought unimaginable pain,” she said.

“All our hopes and dreams for her were shattered, gone.”

Mrs Glennie, a dinner lady, said the family was still coming to terms with the tragedy and why it happened when she had “everything to live for”.

“She must have been at a really dark place at that time. This is something, as a mother, I wish I could have helped her with.”

Mrs Glennie said the family derived some comfort that her daughter’s organs had benefited a number of people.

The inquest heard evidence from Olivia’s friends that she was distraught at splitting from her boyfriend and had also fallen out with a close friend.

A friend had been aware that she had been self-harming by cutting her hip, but her family was not aware of this, although she was close to her parents.

Friends had been supportive of her when she was down and did not think she was suicidal.

One close friend, who said Olivia felt “let down” by her best friend and boyfriend, added: “I definitely didn’t think that Liv was suicidal…I felt I had talked through her problems. I told her that when she got to college it would be better.”

Paediatrician Gerry O’Hare told the inquest that self-harm was common in women but that self-cutting was not a strong indicator of suicidal intent.

Assistant coroner Mary Burke recorded a narrative verdict, concluding that she had doubts that Olivia had intended to take her own life.

She said it was possible that Olivia believed that she would be found before her actions proved fatal.