Ceri Sheehan killed himself over an incident
The parents of a 15-year-old teenager have been left in shock after discovering that their son had killed himself. It was gathered that the teenager killed himself after his parents seized his Ipad.
According to Dailymail, Ceri Sheehan had argued that he needed to keep his iPad but gave it up before going to bed, something his father Michael Sheehan said was 'not unusual'.
But Mr Sheehan found his son dead in their garden the next day after receiving a message from one of his friends, who was worried about him.
Ceri had kept hold of his phone and told his friend that he 'had something to finish' before going out to the garden, where he hanged himself.
Mr Sheehan, a project manager, told an inquest that he had not noticed anything unusual about him on June 11, last year, the day before he found his body.
'I took Ceri and a friend to an afternoon session of paintball,' he said.
'When I picked them up they both seemed in good spirits. I asked Ceri if he wanted to go out to eat but he said he'd prefer to stay in. He spent most of the evening in his bedroom.'
His father confiscated his electronics that night because he and Ceri's mother, Rhian Roberts, agreed it was a good method to stop him from going to bed late.
'Ceri argued that he should be allowed to keep his iPad,' Mr Sheehan said.
'This was not unusual and he did give it up. I remember he said "oh you don't understand" but I didn't think anything of it at the time.'
The next day Mr Sheehan went downstairs at around 6am to find all the lights were on but did not find this unusual.
He assumed his son had gone out to take photographs as he had mentioned he might leave early.
'I went to his bedroom to see if he had already left and his bed was empty so I assumed he had gone,' he said.
He then received a text from Ben Evans, the friend Ceri had been paintballing with the day before, stating he was worried about him.
'I started to search the house and noted his camera was lying on the floor,' he said.
'I went outside and saw Ceri hanging...halfway down the garden.'
Mr Sheehan rushed to the front of the house to wait for an ambulance to arrive at the home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, but it soon became clear Ceri was already dead.
The coroner heard that a post-mortem examination found the cause of Ceri's death was asphyxia. Police officers examined Ceri's computer and phone and discovered he had been messaging his friend with his phone the evening before he was found dead.
Ceri had sent a message to Ben stating he 'had to finish something' which worried him before embarking on the tragic mission. The inquest in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, heard that the teenager had been suffering from depression and had attempted suicide with an overdose of pills a year earlier.
He was in regular contact with a psychiatrist, a Dr Giovoli, who had diagnosed him with depression, ADHD, and Asperger's Syndrome.
In a statement, Ceri's parents said: 'We are devastated by the death of our son and only child Ceri. It was an impulsive act that we are trying to understand but will never come to terms with.
'Ceri was four months short of his 16th birthday when he tragically took his own life. He was a pupil at St Columba's College, St Albans and we are grateful to school staff for understanding and supporting his condition.
'Ceri was an entrepreneurial teenager with a knack for turning his hobby for photography into an embryonic business. It is tragic that a bright, kind and caring boy, with so much potential, was unable to see a future for himself.