Trimley St Mary: Tragedy of teen who contacted sister 40 minutes before his body was found

TRIMLEY ST MARY: A teenager discovered hanging at home had sent a text to his sister just 40 minutes before his body was found, an inquest heard.

Kyle Donnelly was found by his sister, Paris, on April 22 after he contacted her earlier that evening.

At 8.20pm that day, he texted her to say he was home and asked when she would return.

She didn’t receive any further messages from him. Shortly before 9pm, as she approached the family home, she saw her brother hanging in the hallway through the conservatory windows.

She rushed to get help from a neighbour and went on to administer CPR until emergency services arrived.


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The inquest, presided over by Greater Suffolk Coroner Peter Dean at Ip-City Centre in Bath Street, Ipswich, heard that paramedics asked police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 18-year-old’s death.

Scenes-of-crime officers liaised with the Criminal Investigation Department but no suspicious circumstances were found.

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It was the second tragedy for the family after Kyle’s father, Michael, died at the age of 33 in very similar circumstances nearly 14 years ago.

Coroner Peter Dean recorded an open verdict due to questions over Mr Donnelly’s intentions.

He said this was the only option as no notes were left and “questions remained unanswerable”.

Dr Dean said: “He loved family life and was a very generous and warm person. He never mentioned he would take his own life and he had no history of any suicidal intentions.

“He was a much-loved man and very well respected.

“I am going to report an open verdict in respect of the very sad death of Kyle Donnelly.”

Kyle, who lived with his mother, Pauline, in Farriers Went, Trimley St Mary, was a keen hockey player and was the vice captain for his team.

He was also on the Young Enterprise Scheme, as well as progressing to a gold award for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

In the days following his death, his friends described him as “lovely, funny and smart”.

He had been studying for his A-levels and friends said he was planning a further year at sixth form before deciding what to do next.

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