Teen suffered skull fracture after drinking

A GRIEVING mother has issued a fresh appeal for information about the events leading up to her teenage son's sudden death.

A GRIEVING mother has issued a fresh appeal for information about the events leading up to her teenage son's sudden death.

Makiebien Stappard was found unconscious by his mother at home in Leiston in the early hours of February 14.

The 16-year-old had been drinking alcohol and had suffered two separate skull fractures following a fall, an inquest into his death in Lowestoft heard today.

Makiebien, who was described as a model sixth form student at Leiston High School who was well-loved by his peers, had purchased a ticket for a disco at the Sizewell sports and social club on the evening of February 13.

He left home at about 7pm and walked to a friend's house. Unbeknown to his mother he had purchased some vodka. The inquest was told that Makiebien's friends went to the disco, but that he did not turn up.

He was last seen between 9.30pm and 10pm in the King George's Avenue area of Leiston walking in the general direction of his home by a friend who described him as being drunk and staggering from side to side.

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The inquest heard that Makiebien's mother Stacey came downstairs at about 5.30am and found her son lying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs.

Ms Stappard dialled 999 and Makiebien was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A report by a home office pathologist said that it was probable, but not certain, that Makiebien had fallen down the stairs resulting in the injury.

The inquest heard that Makiebien had survived for some time after the fall, possibly up to six hours. The cause of death was given as firstly a head injury and secondly acute alcohol intoxication.

Results of toxicology tests gave a blood alcohol reading of 134 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The inquest heard there were no injuries that would indicate any third party involvement or prolonged assault.

Suffolk assistant deputy coroner Yvonne Blake recorded an open verdict and extended her sympathies to Makiebien's family

After the hearing Ms Stappard made a fresh appeal to anyone with information about the missing hours leading up to her son's death to come forward. She said: “I need to know where he was. If anyone knows anything we just want them to come forward. They needn't be frightened. We know it was an accident. I cannot settle until I know. Somebody out there knows something.”

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