Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire boy's rope swing death 'tragic accident

James Bray
Image caption James's death was described as a tragedy by the coroner

A nine-year-old boy accidentally hanged himself while playing on a rope swing after school, an inquest heard.

James Bray's head became trapped in the two strands of the knotted ropes in the garden of his Beeches Hill home in Bishops Waltham on 13 July.

His mother tried to resuscitate him at the scene but his life support machine was switched off in hospital.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Deputy Central Hampshire Coroner Simon Burge said it was a tragedy.

'Piercing scream'

He added: "Children have to be allowed to grow and develop and be allowed to have some unsupervised play.

"James somehow managed to get his head caught in the two strands of the rope. This is an accident that could not have been anticipated, let alone avoided."

It happened as James's mother, Sarah Bray, 42, and his brother, Sam, 11, were feeding their horses in the two-acre garden, the hearing was told.

Mrs Bray let out a "piercing scream" when she saw her son, known as Jamie, lifeless as she walked down the driveway.

Mrs Bray said: "My family and I are absolutely devastated by the loss of our son.

"James was an extremely healthy boy who loved playing outdoors but he was not always aware of danger."

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