Page last updated at 12:27 GMT, Friday, 24 October 2008 13:27 UK

Bridgend girl took her own life

Natasha Randall
Natasha Randall had seemed "her usual self" before her death

A 17-year-old girl found hanging knew a friend who had taken his own life, an inquest has been told.

Natasha Randall was one of 23 young people in Bridgend county suspected of killing themselves since January 2007.

A statement from Natasha's father said his daughter had previously been upset about a friend who had hanged himself.

Coroner Philip Walters recorded a narrative verdict that Natasha took her own life. He said there did not appear to be any reason for her death.

Police seized a computer and mobile phone belonging to Natasha following her death on 17 January but nothing was discovered about why she would hang herself.

A statement from Natasha's father Kelvin Randall, with whom she lived in the village of Blaengarw, was read to the court.

In it, Mr Randall said his daughter had previously been upset about a male friend who had hanged himself.

This was 20-year-old Liam Clarke, who was found hanged in a park three weeks before.

He said that when he had asked her about it, "she said she was OK but started crying. She had been to the funeral, but didn't say anything about it".

But Mr Randall said that before her death Natasha, who was studying at college, had been "cheerful and her usual self".

Narrative verdict

He said he had returned home from work with his partner at 1745 GMT and found his daughter hanging in the stairwell straight ahead of him.

He said he took his daughter into the living room where he tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her.

Natasha's boyfriend, Phillip Underhill, told the inquest she had stayed at his home the previous night and that she was "normal" when he dropped her home on the morning of her death.

Det Con Matthew Lewis told the inquest Natasha's friends and family had also been interviewed but there was no apparent reason for her wanting to take her own life.

Bridgend coroner Philip Walters, who today retired from the job, said: "There doesn't appear to be any apparent reason for this young lady's death.

"It's difficult to find out what her intention was."

He recorded a narrative verdict that Natasha took her own life.

The cause of death was asphyxia due to a ligature around her neck.

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