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Truro schoolgirl Courtney Gwynn from Carharrack killed herself - verdict

By WBKatri  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

  • 14-year-old Courtney Gwynn who attended Penair School in Truro killed herself.

  • Courtney Gwynn

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A TALENTED Truro schoolgirl who died earlier this year took her own life, an inquest concluded today.

14-year-old Courtney Gwynn, who attended Penair School in the city, was found hanged at her family home at Carharrack in Redruth on January 6.

Following her inquest this morning, attended by her mother Agnes, father Andrew, sister Donna and brother Alex supported by many friends and family members, the family said: "Our family is coming to terms with the loss of its youngest member – our daughter, sister and granddaughter.

"In January Courtney took her own life aged just 14.

"She was a regular teenager with a good circle of friends and was doing well at school.

"She gave absolutely no reason for anyone to believe that such devastating tragedy was about to unfold.

"This is the dark nature of mental health issues and suicidal thoughts - they are often invisible. Only by talking will these issues come to light."

Dr Emma Carlyon, Coroner for Cornwall, returned a verdict that Courtney took her own life. She said: "I find that the set-up, internet searches and her interest in suicides makes me sure that she died from a deliberate act and that she killed herself."

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