Teenager hanged in park had split with girlfriend, inquest hears

Teenager hanged in park had split with girlfriend, inquest hears

Steve Scott

Teenager hanged in park had split with girlfriend, inquest hears

A teenage boxer found hanged in Burnham Park was 'desperate' to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, an inquest has heard.

Daye Hearn, 18, of Hall Meadow, Burnham, was found hanged from a tree in the Windsor Lane park on Sunday, January 8.

The former Burnham Upper School pupil had split with girlfriend of five years Jade O'Brien in November last year, but after the New Year had sent a series of text messages asking her to take him back.

Miss O'Brien told an inquest at Windsor Guildhall yesterday the Slough Amateur Boxing Club member had texted her the day before he died asking to meet in the park the following day and threatening to kill himself.

When she arrived she saw Mr Hearn there with his best friend Luke Beckett and immediately left, thinking he was 'doing it to scare me' and would not carry out his threats. She then received a text from him saying: "That's the last time you're going to see me."

Mr Hearn went home complaining of a headache, but returned alone to the park at 6pm. His mum Vivien Fuller, who spoke of 'a complicated young man', told the inquest he called upstairs to say he was going to see a friend.

He again texted Miss O'Brien saying: "This is my last message now, come and save me." But still believing he was not serious, she replied: "Save yourself, you're a man now."

She asked his sister Bella Hearn to meet her at the park, and on arrival they found him hanged from a blue rope at about 7pm.

Mr Hearn, who had survived an overdose of 80 paracetamol tablets following a previous split with Jade in November 2009, was pronounced dead at Wexham Park Hospital at 8.34pm.

Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford recorded a narrative verdict.

He said: "This was a young man desperate to get back with the love of his life, and I can't say beyond all reasonable doubt he didn't think anybody was going to arrive.

"He suspended himself from a tree but the question of intent remains, and it coincides with attempts to reconcile the relationship with his girlfriend."

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