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Boy, 15, hanged himself after row

Nathaniel Pritchard
Nathaniel sent a message to his former girlfriend shortly before he died

A 15-year-old boy hanged himself on the eve of Valentine's Day after an argument with his former girlfriend, an inquest in Bridgend was told.

But a coroner said he was not convinced Nathaniel Pritchard, of Cefn Glas, Bridgend, intended to take his life.

The inquest heard he told his ex-girlfriend, also 15, he was going to kill himself after he discovered she planned to see somebody else.

A short narrative verdict was recorded that said Nathaniel hanged himself.

He died two days after his younger brother found him hanging from the window of their attic bedroom.

He was resuscitated by a paramedic crew but was pronounced dead in the town's Princess of Wales Hospital on February 15 after suffering multi-organ failure.

In a statement read out to the inquest, Nathaniel's ex-girlfriend said he sent her a message via internet messaging application MSN.

He was very laid-back and didn't have a worry in the world
Nathaniel Pritchard's father Vincent

He asked her to meet him on Valentine's Day but she said she was planning to meet someone else.

It was then he wrote: "I'm going to kill myself and it's going to be your fault."

The girl said: "I left it half an hour and then I called his house as I thought he might be going to do something stupid. His brother answered and went to find Nathaniel.

"Then I heard [his brother] screaming and he dropped the phone.

"I heard his parents screaming and the phone line went dead."

She said she went back to her computer to MSN and Nathaniel's sister told her he had hung himself.

In a statement given to police, Nathaniel's father Vincent described his son as a "very happy and popular boy" who loved sport and fitness training.

He said: "He was very laid-back and didn't have a worry in the world."

Coroner Philip Walters recorded a narrative verdict saying: "Nathaniel hanged himself with his guitar lead. In a lot of these cases, these young people do not really appreciate how easy it is to end their lives.

"With a lot of these kids it may be simply a cry for help or to draw attention. I'm not satisfied that Nathaniel clearly intended to take his own life."

A total of 22 young people from Bridgend county have apparently taken their own lives since the beginning of 2007.


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