Inquest records an open verdict into the death of Marcel Jayden

Communities / Wed 11th May 2016 at 12:29pm

AN OPEN verdict into the death of Harlow teenager, Marcel Jayden Bellairs-Honiss was pronounced at Chelmsford Coroners Court today (Wednesday May 11th).

Coroner, Caroline Beazley-Murray opened proceedings and immediately expressed her sympathies to the members of Marcel’s family who were in attendance.

The court heard that the then sixteen year-old was found dead in his bedroom in Wharley Hook on Sunday March 6th, 2016.

He was found hanged.

Witness Detective Inspector Janette Rawlinson gave evidence and said: “The scene was a typical boy’s bedroom. A happy room full of clothes, games and pictures.

“There was no evidence of foul play.”

A post-mortem confirmed that there were no drink or drugs in Marcel’s system. It concluded that he had died due to compression to the neck.

Marcel’s mother, Louise Bellairs spoke to the coroner. She said: “Marcel could be overwhelmed by his emotions and prone to outbursts.

“He was very upset at the death of his grandmother, when his father lost a baby, that effected him and when his girlfriend re-connectrd with her father, they spent less time together.”

The court heard that Marcel had undergone counselling for bereavement and behaviour.

The coroner concluded that she could not be sure that Marcel meant to kill himself and so recorded an open verdict.

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