Teenager died of a head injury

TEENAGER Makiebien Stappard died of a head injury, post mortem tests have revealed.

Russell Claydon

TEENAGER Makiebien Stappard died of a head injury, post mortem tests have revealed.

The injury is thought to have been sustained following a heavy fall and police say there is nothing to indicate any suspicious circumstances.

However, police officers are appealing for help from the public in tracing the 16-year-old's last movements before he died suddenly after a party.


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Suffolk police wants to build up a picture of the last hours in the teenager's life before he died on February 14.

Officers know that Makiebien, a pupil at Leiston High School, attended an 18th birthday party at the Sizewell sports club in Leiston.

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The party was in the evening of February 13 and marked the start of a week's half term for the popular and highly intelligent pupil.

Makiebien lived in Arnhem Road, Leiston, and he was found unconscious early on February 14 by his mother.

The East Anglian Ambulance service was alerted and paramedics carried out cardio pulmonary resuscitation in an ambulance on the way to Ipswich Hospital. But he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Last night post mortem tests revealed he died as a result of a head injury sustained following a heavy fall.

Further tests are now set to be carried out but a police spokeswoman said there was nothing to indicate any suspicious circumstances at this stage.

The school has paid tribute to the gifted sixth form student and Ian Flintoff, the head teacher, admitted the death had left the school community in shock.

Makiebien was a pupil who had a ''unique take on life and he loved school'', and he had ''so much promise and love of life'', said Mr Flintoff.

Police officers want to hear from anyone who saw Makiebien in the 24 hours before he died to build up a picture of what he did before his death.

They are asking for anyone who was with him, or who saw him, to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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