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Teenage girl's suicide 'tragedy'
Llandudno magistrates' court
The Llandudno inquest was told about Sarah Jones' problems
The suicide of a "bright and hardworking" teenage schoolgirl has been described as "a terrible tragedy" by a coroner.

Former Welsh judo champion Sarah Jones, from Rhos-on-Sea, north Wales, was found hanged by her parents in the garden of their home in January.

The inquest in Llandudno was told she had been treated for depression and teenage problems in 2001.

Coroner John Hughes recorded a suicide verdict on Sarah, 15.

"I'm dealing with a 15-year-old girl who had quite a lot of troubles and difficulties some two years or so prior to her death," said Mr Hughes.

Sarah, who attended Eirias High School in Colwyn Bay, had been a Welsh judo champion at the age of 12.

She was blossoming as a young daughter
Byron Jones, Sarah's father

In 2002, the hearing was told she and her family had been involved in a serious car crash which left her younger brother in a wheelchair for three months.

Her father, Byron Jones, said Sarah's death had been completely unexpected.

"The shock you can't imagine," he said.

"It was more so because of the difficult times she had passed.

"We had hoped she had become older and stronger."

"She was blossoming as a young daughter".

At the time of Sarah's death, the school issued a statement saying it was devastated by the news.

"Sarah was a quiet, sociable girl with a sensible and mature attitude to her work," read the statement.

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