Schoolboy Fan Of Street Magician Dynamo Found Hanged In Bedroom

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Schoolboy fan of street magician Dynamo found hanged in bedroom

A schoolboy who was fascinated by street magician Dynamo accidentally hanged himself in his bedroom.

An inquest heard Charlie Kelsey-Neil, 12, would spend hours watching the British-born star's TV shows.

He had a keen interest in knots and two weeks before he died had jokingly wrapping a cable around his neck in a classroom prank.

Charlie was found unconscious by a younger sibling at home in Sittingbourne, Kent, last October.

His mother Caroline, 31, and stepfather Jovan Neil, 26, desperately tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead later that evening.

Medway Coroner's Court was told Charlie had rowed with one of his siblings hours before his death but Mr Neil said the incident was not a cry for help and Charlie had never given any indication of wanting to harm himself.

He said that Charlie, who had ADHD, had enjoyed playing with knots since he was a toddler and would pretend to be Spiderman.

He said: "He was not interested in looking on the internet, but when he did it was about fishing and magic tricks.

"He became really interested in Dynamo, who does street magic, and he would watch episode after episode for hours."

The inquest heard Charlie had loosely put an internet cable around his neck and jokingly faked a hanging pose in front of Year 8 classmates just two weeks before his death.

Patricia Harding, the Coroner for Medway, said: "I totally rule out suicide. There is no evidence he was suffering from depression or anything of that sort.

"The evidence shows that it was probable that it was the unintentional consequence of a deliberate action.

"The probable cause of death is that it was an accident. It is a very tragic case."

After the hearing Charlie's family said: "Charlie was a lovely boy with a real get up and go personality.

"He was a good brother and very protective of his siblings. He was always there for them and his smile could light up any room.

"All his friends have nothing but good things to say about him and he is sorely missed, we all loved him so much."

The coroner ruled the schoolboy's death was an accident.

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