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Leiston 19-year-old found hanged in derelict building took his own life Suffolk Coroner's Court rules



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A Leiston teenager who was discovered hanged in a derelict building took his own life, Suffolk Coroner's Court has ruled.

Joseph Evans-Storry, 19, was found by his brother Charles at a property on High Street on November 6 last year after he didn't respond to phone calls or text messages.

Police officers attempted CPR at the scene, but Mr Evans-Storry was pronounced dead.

Joseph Evans-Storry, 19, was found by his brother Charles at a property on High Street. Picture: Mark Westley
Joseph Evans-Storry, 19, was found by his brother Charles at a property on High Street. Picture: Mark Westley

An inquest into the teenager's death today heard Joseph had a history of mental health issues and suffered with anxiety and depression.

The court was told the teen was known to wellbeing services and, during a session with a psychological wellbeing practitioner the month before his death, he had described having low mood, low self-esteem and a lack of motivation.

He also revealed he had tried to hang himself at the age of 14 due to bullying.

Joseph had a history of mental health issues and suffered with anxiety and depression. Picture: Mark Westley
Joseph had a history of mental health issues and suffered with anxiety and depression. Picture: Mark Westley

However, at the time of the session he said he did not have any thoughts of suicide and had no plans to end his own life.

Coroner Daniel Sharpstone told the court Mr Evans-Storry had suffered a brain injury at the age of five following a seizure and that this led to a personality disorder.

He also said a 'suicide note' was found in his pocket by officers called to the scene.

Mr Sharpstone said: "Joseph was a young man who was clearly significantly troubled by mental health issues and social issues and on the day in question had gone into a derelict building, written a suicide note and hanged himself.

Coroner Daniel Sharpstone told the court Joseph had suffered a brain injury at the age of five following a seizure. Picture: Mark Westley
Coroner Daniel Sharpstone told the court Joseph had suffered a brain injury at the age of five following a seizure. Picture: Mark Westley

"It is clear to me that he understood the consequences of his actions, that is to say he was aware of what he was doing and the consequences."

After the coroner ruled Mr Evans-Storry's death was suicide, he passed his condolences to his family.

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