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Teenager Hanged Himself After Downloading £420 Worth Of Xbox Games By Mistake

14/08/2014 16:58 | Updated 20 May 2015

Henry Tattersall who killed himself

A teenager who hanged himself after running up a £420 bill on his parents' credit card did not mean to take his own life, a coroner has ruled.

Henry Tattersall, 13, was so shocked when he found out what he had spent on Xbox games that he threatened to kill himself. He was then found by his sister hanging in his bedroom.

An inquest in Burnley was told that Henry had downloaded the computer games without realising how much they would cost.

When his mum found out, he feared he would not get any Christmas presents.

Minutes before his death, the teen told his girlfriend on Facebook: "I'm going to kill myself."

During the same online conversation, the couple had discussed the death of Henry's friend, 13-year-old Declan Gattenby, who was found hanged in his bedroom, in Stacksteads, Lancashire, last July.

Henry had known Declan through mutual friends at Fearns Community Sports College, where Henry was a former pupil.

On the day of his death, last November, Henry had been named Pupil of the Week at The Brambles special school where his mum Eve Tattersall said he had been flourishing.

Mrs Tattersall told the inquest Henry had been grounded for smoking and a credit card bill revealed he had downloaded £420 worth of X Box games.

She said the teenager had been 'genuinely stunned' and told his mum to take the money out of his savings account.

She said: "I honestly believe that Henry was very shocked at the amount of money he had spent. He was very upset that I was upset, but didn't want to show it."

The court heard that Henry, who suffered from ADHD, had a 'vast' range of behavioural problems which worsened when he moved from primary to secondary school.

Mrs Tattersall said her son had 'extreme reactions' to change but was fearless and once even climbed the school roof.

She said: "He didn't have that sense of 'something could happen to me'."

She added that there had been a 'dramatic' improvement in his behaviour when he moved from Fearns to The Brambles school.

Burnley and Rossendale Coroner Richard Taylor recorded a conclusion of death by misadventure and said Henry's death was the 'unexpected conclusion of an intended action'.

He said: "I think he had a very guilty conscience. He clearly dwelt on this and thought about it and was upset about what had happened. And maybe the conversation about Declan was a spur of the moment decision.

"I believe that he hoped to make a point himself and that he would be found and expected to be found and so he left his door open.

"I don't believe it was his intention to end his life."

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