Cumbria

Troubled schoolboy hanged himself, inquest hears

Harry Hucknall
Image caption Harry Hucknall had been diagnosed with clinical depression

A 10-year-old Cumbrian boy who hanged himself did not understand what he was doing, a coroner had said.

The inquest into the death of Harry Hucknall, from Ullswater Close, Dalton-in-Furness heard that the youngster was "troubled" and had been bullied.

The coroner ruled that it was not suicide, but he "died as a consequence of his own actions without understanding their true consequences".

The schoolboy was discovered hanged at his home last September.

He had been diagnosed with clinical depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and was prescribed an anti-depressant and Ritalin.

'Double tragedy'

West Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith, said that Harry had been given "two powerful, mind altering drugs".

He urged doctors to be "extremely careful in prescribing such medication".

At the end of the hearing in Barrow Town Hall Mr Smith said: "This was not suicide for one minute.

"I record that Harry died as a consequence of his own actions without understanding their true consequences.

"Nobody expected this to happen, or foresee it, or even fear it may happen."

He added: "The loss of a child when self-inflicted is a double tragedy for everyone, for both the family and society.

"I do believe it reflects upon society on how we expect children to behave. We expect them to be little adults.

"I think it is very sad. He was clearly a troubled boy."

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