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Schoolgirl died from overdose

PUBLISHED: 19:30 25 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:30 22 October 2010

A 15-year-old schoolgirl took a fatal overdose after her mother banned her from seeing her boyfriend, an inquest heard today.

A 15-year-old schoolgirl took a fatal overdose after her mother banned her from seeing her boyfriend, an inquest heard today.

Nikita McLean, of Winchester Way, Thetford, died at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, four days after swallowing anti-depressant pills taken from her mother's bedroom.

Marie Sadler told the inquest at Norwich today that when her daughter came home from school on July 6, she told the girl that she did not want her to see her boyfriend, who was four years older and allegedly took drugs.

Nikita was due to talk over the matter with her father, who is separated from Mrs Sadler, a few days later and went to her room to do some homework.

Mrs Sadler said she heard music coming from her daughter's room, some crashing about, and then silence. When her sister later took some supper to Nikita, she found her collapsed and unconscious.

When asked by Norwich and Central Norfolk District Coroner William Armstrong what she thought Nikita had in mind, Mrs Sadler said: “I think she was trying to frighten her dad into agreeing to the relationship.”

She added that her daughter had lost a lot of weight and her moods had been very up and down in the months leading up to her death. Normally she would not even take a headache pill, she said.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Armstrong said: “I have formed the conclusion that Nikita took the tablets impulsively as some sort of gesture.”

Nikita attended Rosemary Musker High School, in Thetford, and was described as a “lively” and “fun-loving” girl by headteacher John Lucas at the time of her death.

“Nikita, known as Kita to those who knew her best, was a lively, fun-loving Year 10 student, who was a loyal friend of many students throughout the school. She had a generous heart and had been involved in community activities such as the Sure Start garden and Positive Activities for Young People,” he said.

She had recently completed work experience at a local infant school and was hoping to work with young children on completion of her education.

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