Teen ‘had love of life’
A PRANK that went horribly wrong is thought to have claimed the life of a teenager, an inquest has heard.
Liam Sadler was found hanging from the banister at his family home in Beechcroft Road, Ipswich, on June 5.
It appears the 14-year-old may have been playing a prank on his brother as the pair messed around on a “typical family day”.
At an inquest into the death of the former Westbourne Sports College student, Greater Suffolk coroner Peter Dean said he had found no evidence to suggest the teenager had committed suicide and a police investigation into the incident found nothing to link his death to hanging games or experimentation.
Liam had been in the garden with his parents, brother and grandparents shortly before the accident happened.
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The teenager had popped back inside the house and around 10 minutes later his older brother, Lewis, walked through the house and spotted Liam’s legs on the stairs.
He discovered his younger brother hanging with a belt around his neck which was attached to the banister, his legs lying down the stairs.
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Trying desperately to save their son, Liam’s mum Teresa and dad Lee freed him before Mr Sadler, a civil engineer, tried to resuscitate his son.
Liam was admitted to the intensive care unit at Ipswich Hospital on June 5, where he died five days later.
In a statement from Lewis, Liam’s brother, read out at the inquest, the 20-year-old said he could only imagine what happened was a prank that went wrong.He said: “I loved him as my little brother. I miss him – things will never be the same without him.”
And in another statement Mrs Sadler, an audiologist, added: “As his mother I truly believe if he had been worried about anything I would have known.
“He had a love of life and had so much to live for.”
Recording an open verdict at the hearing at Ip-City in Bath Street, Ipswich, Dr Dean said a prank he was playing on his older brother “may provide the explanation”.