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Boy's hanging followed chess row

Oliver Edwards-Cavill
Oliver Edwards-Cavill had no history of illness or depression

A 15-year-old schoolboy hanged himself "in temper" after a family row over a game of chess, an inquest has heard.

Oliver Edwards-Cavill was found by his mother in a caravan he lived in on his family's smallholding near Tenby.

He had no history of depression and his parents said he was usually a happy, caring boy with a good sense of humour.

Pembrokeshire coroner Michael Howells found Oliver died from self-inflicted asphyxiation and said it was "a dreadful thing for his family".

The hearing in Milford Haven was told Oliver returned home from Tenby's Green Hill Comprehensive School on 4 November as usual.

Coroner's officer Jeremy Davies said: "He appeared to be his usual happy self."

The general feeling from the family was that Oliver hung himself in a fit of temper
Jeremy Davies, coroner's officer

Oliver fed his animals and helped around the smallholding, which consisted of three caravans, the inquest heard.

Mr Davies said the family ate together, watched television but later there was "an argument over a chess game".

Oliver went to his caravan adjacent to his parents' home.

When his mother went to wish him goodnight she found him in a sitting position, hanging by a belt that had been tied to the bathroom door.

Note found

The hearing was told attempts were made by the family, police and paramedics to resuscitate him but without success.

A note was found indicating he intended to take his own life.

"The general feeling from the family was that Oliver hung himself in a fit of temper," said Mr Davies.

Oliver had no history of illness or depression.

Mr Davies said Oliver's parents described him as "a happy boy with a good sense of humour and a caring nature".

Recording his narrative verdict, Mr Howells said: "It's a dreadful thing for the family, I'm deeply sorry for them."

At the time of his death, his head teacher said Oliver was making good progress and had been due to sit his GCSEs this June.

His teachers described him as a "lovable character" with a "wicked sense of humour", who was warmly regarded by fellow pupils.

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