‘Destroyed’ victim battles, kills herself
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