A happy-go-lucky schoolgirl who morphed into a tragic self-harming young woman after being let down by a succession of men has taken her own life in an inquest heard today (Friday).

Caitlin Feeley of Bradford was 22 at the time of her tragic and untimely death, assistant coroner Angela Brocklehurst heard. Her mother, Louise Sheard, said in a harrowing statement read out at the hearing at Bradford Coroner’s Court by coroner, Victoria Normington, how her daughter had gone from being a “bubbly, cheeky character” as a child to a teenager with problems that she was barred from her college after her behavior deteriorated.

She said: “She started with her usual happiness until Year 8, becoming aggressive towards her sisters and verbally aggressive. The school said there was nothing wrong, but by Year 9 she had been permanently excluded from the school.”

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“She was referred to CAMS, (an organization that helps treat patients at risk of suicide), at the age of 15 she revealed that she had been abused when she was 13. She did not want to name the person. She wanted to forget. .

“She met a 24-year-old man when she was 15. I told her to get it over with and she kept threatening to kill herself. She moved in with him from time to time. He abused her physically, emotionally and sexually.” Ms Feeley said that when the police got involved, he pleaded guilty.

She added: “She was vulnerable and started self-harming, it was the only way she could cope. She said it made her feel better. It broke my heart because I couldn’t stop it.”


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