‘De­stroyed’ vic­tim bat­tles, kills her­self

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LONDON: A pupil killed her­self af­ter send­ing a text mes­sage say­ing her “body, mind and soul” had been “de­stroyed” by a sex at­tack.

Megan Hoyle, 14, had strug­gled to cope af­ter be­ing mo­lested at the age of 12 by an older boy who had been locked up for the of­fence.

But when the 17-yearold at­tacker’s sen­tence was re­duced on ap­peal, the young­ster – de­scribed by her fam­ily as a “vi­brant, beau­ti­ful and funny” girl – felt let down, be­liev­ing that he had “got away with it”.

She first made a call to her close friend who heard her sob­bing and push­ing pills out of a packet.

In a text mes­sage shortly af­ter­wards, Megan asked him to apol­o­gise to her fam­ily and to tell her at­tacker that “he is the rea­son I am gone”.

She wrote: “I was strong once and in­ter­nally beau­ti­ful but that girl died when I was 12, when he de­stroyed my body, my mind and my soul.”

The friend told an in­quest that he tried to call Megan a num­ber of times af­ter that, to no avail, be­fore try­ing to get hold of her fam­ily and phon­ing for an am­bu­lance.

The teenager – known as “Pud” to her fam­ily and friends – was later found by her mother Wendy Charn­ley, 46, col­lapsed on her liv­ing-room floor.

She had taken an over­dose of her mother’s pre­scrip­tion medicine and died in hospi­tal four days later.

Charn­ley told the in­quest that on Fe­bru­ary 20 she had told Megan to go to bed af­ter she com­plained of feel­ing un­well. But af­ter work that day she got a call from Megan’s fa­ther, who said he had re­ceived a text mes­sage and thought “some­thing was wrong”.

Charn­ley added: “I went home and I saw her in the liv­ing room, col­lapsed. I told my son to ring an am­bu­lance and I was told that one was al­ready on the way.”

Megan was taken to hospi­tal where she died. Her fam­ily gave per­mis­sion to do­nate her kid­neys, lungs and liver, which saved the lives of four peo­ple. – Daily Mail

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