Inquest into death of 12-year-old Maynooth girl adjourned

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AN inquest into the death of a 12-year-old Maynooth schoolgirl has been told there was no legal evidence she was bullied.

However, the mother and stepfather of Lara Burns, who was found hanging in a barn at her home in Grange, Enfield, on 24 November 2012, contend she was bullied.

They have also raised a number of questions about her treatment by health professionals, ambulance delays on the night of her death and whether or not she was bullied.

Gardai, who examined a laptop and journals belonging to the young girl, said they were not given the names of individuals to interview over questions of bullying and that searches of her laptop and documents don’t provide evidence of bullying.

But they did find a connection between the young girl and suicide and self-harm sites.

The Dublin City Coroner, Dr. Brian Farrell, heard evidence of previous attempted suicide by the 12 year old, who was unhappy in Maynooth Post Primary school.

She had cut herself with razor blades, the inquest heard.

After questions were raised by Lara’s mother, Helene, Dr. Farrell adjourned the inquest to next March to make further investigations.




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