‘Upset and depressed’ Exmouth teenager took his own life, inquest heard

PUBLISHED: 16:45 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:45 16 March 2017

The inquest was heard at County Hall in Exeter. Picture: Terry Ife

The inquest was heard at County Hall in Exeter. Picture: Terry Ife

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An Exmouth teenager, who was ‘upset and depressed’, took his own life, an inquest has heard.

Anthony Rose, 17, of Victoria Road, was found on August 10, 2016, by his father Colin, who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics arrived.

The coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, John Tomalin, sitting at County Hall, Exeter, recorded a verdict of suicide, believing that the teenager had already died when his father found him.

He said: “Certainly Anthony appears to have set himself on a course to end his own life.

“I shall record that Anthony took his own life at a time when he was upset and depressed.”

The inquest heard how consultant hystopathologist Dr Paul McCullough had recorded the cause of death by hanging.

A toxicology report showed there was no alcohol or drugs detected in his blood.

The inquest heard how, in March last year, concerns had been raised about Anthony Rose’s ‘alcohol problems’, as well as some ‘intrusive thoughts’.

The teenager was referred to Y-Smart, a service which aims to help those under 18 with drink and drug problems.

This led to a further referral to the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Speaking at the inquest, Anthony’s father Colin refuted claims that his son was a self-harmer and had drink and substance abuse problems.

He said: “Anthony had no dealings or any trouble with the police or anyone else during his short life.

“He obviously had a combination of problems and I don’t think anyone could have done anything.”

The inquest heard that, in July last year, Anthony had stopped using the CAMHS service and had reported that he was feeling more positive.

The coroner was told a notepad and a mobile phone containing a suicide note were found in his room by his father and handed in to police

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