Teen Girl Hanged Herself At Same Spot Where Brother Took His Own Life

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Teen girl hanged herself at same spot brother took his own life

A teenager hanged herself at the same tree where her older brother took his own life.

Abigail Pollard, 17, had been out with a friend when she was assaulted after a row with another group. She returned home, only to leave again despite her mother Nicola begging her to stay.

She was found dead minutes later, at the same spot near the house where her brother Dean had died in February 2012.

At the inquest into her daughter's death, mum Nicola said: "If Dean hadn't committed suicide then Abi wouldn't have done. And if Dean, Abi and myself had received appropriate help from social services when we asked for it, then none of us would be in this room today."

Newcastle Coroner Karen Dilk heard how Abigail had been known to the local authority for more than a decade after behavioural problems at home and school.

The hearing was also told that she had attempted suicide twice following the death of her brother, although in the month before her death social workers and her mother believed she was getting better.

"She was a vulnerable young person," said social worker Victoria Chamberlain.

"And there were concerns about her home life and brother's death. She also had alcohol issues but she had a really good support network and was engaging with drug and alcohol services."

On the night of her death Abigail had been out with a friend in Newcastle city centre, when she was assaulted. She then returned to her mother's house, in Brunswick, in the early hours of January 13.

"Abi was drunk but not stumbling," her mum said.

"But she was upset. I kept asking, 'What's wrong? Where's your friend? Why is there mud on your jacket?' but she said nothing.

"She went to leave and I said, 'Please don't do this' but she went off and I was left stood at the front door in my dressing gown."

Nicola said she then tried to call Abigail's phone, only to speak to a man who had found it - and told her he would take it to a police station.

"I spoke to him for a little while, and thought she'd be over the moon that she'd get her iPhone back again," she said.

"I went upstairs and got my clothes on and went out looking for her. It was maybe only 10 or 15 minutes after she'd left."

Abigail was found in a copse of trees nearby and emergency services called, but despite efforts to resuscitate her it was not possible to revive her.

The coroner recorded that Abigail's death was a suicide.


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