A TEENAGER who was found hanged had been ‘happily’ playing his drums shortly before his death, an inquest heard yesterday.
Isaac Atkinson, 14, was found in his bedroom at Burnlee Road, Holmfirth, on June 22 by his father and stepmother.
The Holmfirth High School pupil had been playing on a drum kit in his bedroom shortly before his death, Huddersfield Coroner’s Court heard yesterday.
A neighbour, who came round to play Isaac’s drums on the day of the teenager’s death, said he had seen the 14-year-old playing at his kit ‘quite happily’.
The court was told that during the evening the playing stopped shortly before he was found hanging in his bedroom.
But yesterday Coroner Peter Straker concluded there was insufficient evidence to record a verdict of suicide.
Isaac’s computer and Facebook profile were searched following his death, but police were unable to find any indication that the teenager had intended to take his life.
Mr Straker said: “In a case such as this the short form verdict that is on everyone’s mind is suicide. The only reason I mention it is to exclude it.
“I can infer he voluntarily did this and was conscious of what he was doing from what I know and the evidence.”
Recording an open verdict Mr Straker said: “I have to be satisfied he did the act with the intention of ending his life.
“I have no evidence of his intention and although it must seem likely that was the intended outcome, but case law is clear and I don’t have the evidence of intent so I can’t return a verdict of suicide.”
Addressing a relative of Isaac, Mr Straker added: “I cannot imagine what it must be like to go through something like this.”
Isaac had been described by his headteacher as ‘an extremely intelligent, funny, lively and caring student’, and by his next-door neighbour as ‘quiet and intelligent’.
Students and friends of Isaac gathered in Sands Recreation Ground after news of the popular student’s death spread via social networking sites late the following day.
Traditional floral tributes were placed behind the skate ramp and were surrounded by items Isaac loved, including two skateboards, a bobble hat, and some ‘Monster’ Energy drinks.