Mother's shock at son's death

THE mother of a teacher found hanged at a top private school in Suffolk has spoken of her "terrible shock".Richard Baines, 28, was found unconscious in his room at Framlingham College last Monday, just hours after being sacked following an internal disciplinary hearing.

THE mother of a teacher found hanged at a top private school in Suffolk has spoken of her "terrible shock".

Richard Baines, 28, was found unconscious in his room at Framlingham College last Monday, just hours after being sacked following an internal disciplinary hearing. He died in Ipswich Hospital the following day.

Mr Baines taught PE at the school, and was said to have lived for the job he loved.

Suffolk police say the day he was found unconscious in his room, Mr Baines, a former pupil at Highfield School, Letchworth, and Hitchin Boys School, had just been dismissed by the school following an internal disciplinary hearing.


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He had also been the subject of an investigation by Suffolk police, who say they decided to take no further action.

Mr Baines was the adopted son of Linda and Brian Baines, from Hitchin, and had a sister, Rosato.

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Now his adoptive mother revealed that all his organs would be donated for transplant.

"It was what he wanted," said Mrs Baines, as she struggled to speak through her tears.

"The last time I spoke to him was on Mother's Day and the next day this happened. We are all terribly shocked.

"He loved to work with young people which is why for the past five summers he had worked at the Brent Lake Summer Camp in New York State.

"We are very unhappy and want to know the truth why this happened."

Mrs Baines said their son had played rugby and was also a coach for Hitchin RFC and hockey and cricket for Letchworth.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned. It revealed he had died by hanging and the cause of death was given as cerebral hypoxia due to compression of the neck structures.

A full inquest into his death will be held on May 2.

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