Cain Westcarr, 12, died 'after phone confiscated'

A schoolboy from Gloucester was found hanging in his bedroom after his mother confiscated his mobile phone, an inquest has heard.

Cain Westcarr, 12, was discovered by one of his brothers 40 minutes after saying he was going to his room.

He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but died later.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Tom Osborne said he could not be satisfied that Cain had intended to take his own life.

'Cry for help'

A post-mortem examination revealed Cain had died from hanging.

The court was told the boy's mother Veronica Lee had taken his phone from him on the morning of 17 June last year.

"I don't think he actually wanted to kill himself," Miss Lee told the court.

"I don't think he wanted to live the life he had any more but I don't think he wanted to die.

"I think it was a cry for help," she added.

Recording his verdict, the assistant deputy coroner for Gloucestershire, said: "All I would say to you Veronica, as his mum, is that while Cain may have been a difficult lad during his 12 years, I am sure there were many moments during his life where he brought great joy, fun and everything else you do in your family.

"What I would urge you and the rest of your family to do is when you wake up tomorrow morning and remember Cain, remember those occasions rather than the circumstances resulting in his death."

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