Mystery of boy who killed himself on his 13th birthday

Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, where 13-year-old Terry Hall was found hanged
Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, where 13-year-old Terry Hall was found hanged
  • Terry Hall found dead in Stadt Moers Park on his birthday
  • Inquest hears there was no evidence of bullying prior to his tragic death
  • Coroner rules the 13-year-old did commit suicide
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An “extremely popular” teenage boy who killed himself on his 13th birthday was NOT being bullied, an inquest in St Helens has heard.

Terry Hall was found hanged in Stadt Moers Park in Whiston on January 29 after going for a morning walk with his family’s dog.

Terry was an extremely popular boy who was always happy and cheerful

Judy Walker, headteacher at Knowsley Park School

The inquest, held at St Helens Town Hall, heard the youngster’s devastated parents were unlikely to ever learn why their beloved son took his own life.

Coroner Christoper Sumner ruled Terry, a pupil at Knowsley Park School in Prescot, had committed suicide.

No note was found and a toxicology report also revealed there was no trace of drugs or alcohol in Terry’s system.

The inquest heard a police investigation had ruled out suspicious circumstances and officers also discounted any suggestion the youngster was being bullied at school.

The hearing was told Terry, who was the second eldest of six children, had been allowed to stay off school as it was his birthday.

At around 9am he took his family dog for a walk and eventually made his way to Stadt Moers Park - a journey of less than half a mile from his Skipton Road home.

He never returned and was discovered some three hours later in woodland in the Whiston park by a dog walker. The emergency services were called but Terry was pronounced dead at the scene.

Terry’s inquest was attended by his father, also named Terry.

The youngster’s death caused shockwaves across the community, with locals raising around £3,500 in a matter of days to help his stricken family.

His headteacher at Knowsley Park School, Judy Walker, described Terry as “happy and cheerful” throughout his time at the school.

She said “Terry was an extremely popular boy who was always happy and cheerful.

“He was always keen to learn and particularly loved general knowledge and memorising interesting facts. He’ll certainly be remembered for the lovely smile that he always had.

“Everyone at the school is devastated at this tragic loss of a young boy who was so full of fun and had so much potential.”