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00:00, 25 MAR 2011
A DEPRESSED teenager from Ash made emotional calls to his family and girlfriend hours before his body was discovered hanging outside a Camberley school, an inquest heard.
The body of Terrence Peate, 19, a carpenter’s apprentice, was discovered in the grounds of Heather Ridge Infant School, Martindale Avenue, in January 2010, hours after he was reported missing.
At the inquest at Woking Coroner’s Court on Thursday, deputy coroner Dr Karin Englehart heard that Mr Peate had been drinking with friends in The Wheatsheaf pub in Heatherside earlier in the evening.
He had made excuses to friends to leave the group before calling girlfriend Carlene South and his family, saying: “I just want to tell you all that I love you”.
His mother, Linda, described him as ‘happy-go-lucky’, adding that she had no idea her son, who was known as Terry, had been treated for depression since the death of his grandfather in November 2009.
She said: “He had lots of friends and he was always out and about, doing his own thing. His health was generally good, as far as I know he never suffered from depression and I think he would have spoken to me or his dad if he had.
“I last saw him about an hour before he was reported missing. He was happy and was running up and down the stairs.”
Mr Peate had been taking Prozac since visiting Dr Claire Walton, a GP at Ash Vale Health Centre, in November 2009.
And Dr Susan Dodd, a pathologist who carried out his autopsy, noted trace amounts of the drug in his blood but suggested he may not have taken the pills on a regular basis. Dr Dodd said the only injuries found on Mr Peate were due to the way he hanged himself, beside a fence at the school.
“I saw no other evidence of injury,” she told the inquest.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Duguid, of Surrey Police, told Mr Peate’s parents there was nothing to suggest any outside involvement in their son’s death. He said that police had concluded from the evidence at the scene that only one person was likely to have been involved in the hanging.
Dr Englehart recorded an open verdict on the cause of death. Closing the hearing, she said: “I hope you will be able to remember him as the happy person you have described.”