Teen took his own life
ATROUBLED teenager killed himself after struggling to cope with a ‘constellation’ of problems.
Tom Dyos-Acton, 16, was found hanging at his home in Poynton, Cheshire, on October 31 2013 and died in hospital on November 2.
An inquest at Warrington coroner’s court heard Tom suffered years of bullying, intimidation and assaults, which had left him a virtual prisoner in his own home.
Previously, his mother had confessed she had resorted to buying cannabis for Tom, who had ADHD, to help the teenager’s recurring insomnia.
Tom was also accused of being a rapist as part of a vicious hate campaign by bullies who spread the lie around his school, home town and on social media sites.
In the days before his death, Tom was worried about giving evidence in the trial of a teenager accused of assaulting him, it was heard.
But Alan Moore, assistant coroner for Cheshire, said these problems combined with Tom’s behavioural issues, drug use and mental health problems meant no one would ever know what pushed him over the edge.
Recording the verdict that Tom took his own life, Mr Moore said: “Clearly Tom was a very troubled young man with a great deal on his mind.
“I have tried to highlight a constellation of factors that may have been playing on his mind. “It was a long list. “We will never know which one or which combination could have been playing on Tom’s mind.”
At the inquest, Tom’s mother Gaynor claimed that her son started buying drugs such as MDMA, amphetamine and cocaine from the age of 12 from dealers at his Poynton High.
She said Tom was bullied when he refused to buy them and in 2011 she took him out of school to get him away from the dealers.
During his absence, shocking lies about Tom started to circulate in the community, she claimed.
It was then she had bought cannabis for him.
The inquest heard that Tom had significant behavioural problems and had been suspended from class for threatening his mum with a knife.
The school’s former headteacher Susan Adamson told the inquest the school had worked ‘incredibly hard’ to help Tom and fully investigated allegations of drug dealing.
But Mrs Dyos-Acton accused the school of not doing enough.
●● Tom Dyos-Acton with mum Gaynor