Cameron Brookes did not mean to take his own life, inquest rules
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Tragic Dukinfield teenager Cameron Brookes did not mean to take his own life, inquest rules
17 December 2014 08:00 PM Sue Carr
Coroner Joanne Kearsley recorded a verdict of misadventure after the All Saints Catholic College student was found hanged
A Tameside teenager who was found hanged at his home did not mean to take his own life, an inquest has ruled.
Cameron Brookes, who had Asperger’s syndrome, went to his room after a temper tantrum.
On the advice of social services he was left to cool off, but when stepdad Mark went to check on him later he found the 16-year-old dead.
Coroner Joanne Kearsley recorded a verdict of misadventure following a hearing in Stockport.
Cameron’s mum Wendy, from Dukinfield, said: “I am so glad that suicide was not the cause of Cameron’s death.
“In my heart of hearts I knew that he didn’t commit suicide. He would have left a note, he would have wanted us to know why he had done it.
“He had threatened to kill himself in the past but on the night he died there was no indication that he was feeling desperate enough to take his life.
“I said that I would fight for him and I did. It took two agonising years and it has not been easy but I got the verdict that I wanted.
“In the end we just want Cameron to be at peace.”
The hearing was told how Cameron, a student at All Saints Catholic College in Dukinfield, had Asperger’s, which caused him difficulty in communicating and interacting with others.
He battled depression and was crippled by a feeling that he didn’t belong, but the court heard that he was denied access to the full range of support services available.
He was receiving treatment from family intervention workers and NHS professionals.
But Tameside council’s specialist disability service said Cameron was ‘comparatively very competent’ compared to sufferers of more extreme conditions.
Since his death, in August 2012, a new ‘early help’ service has been set up which would have helped the Brookes family in their time of need.
Wendy, who is also mum to George and Jamie, described him as a child ‘lost in the loop.’