Stratford schoolgirl’s death was a suicide says coroner

A Walthamstow coroner returned a verdict of suicide for a 12-year-old Stratford schoolgirl found hanging in her bedroom.

Walthamstow Coroners Court heard how Aisha Siddique, of Gurney Road, was found dead on September 5 this year.

Her father, Saleem, told the court September 5 was a normal day, Aisha awoke at 8am, had breakfast with her family and helped her younger sister get ready for school. She was due start lessons at Sarah Bonnell School, in Deanery Road, later that day at 1.30pm but he found her hanged at 12.45pm.

He described her as a “smart girl” and a “happy child.”

Detective Constable Lindsay Monk confirmed that a note written by Aisha was found under her pillow.

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The cause of death was given as suspension.

Coroner Dr William Dolman said: “It’s been a sad and tragic end for a young girl who, as we have heard, was going to start school late by chance on that particular day.

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“It is clear by the evidence from the scene and by the other officers’ reports that there was no third party involvement, no crime was committed against her and the most potent piece of evidence which is sitting here in front of me, the note, makes clear her intention to end her life. She knew what was going to happen and the intended result of her actions.

“I offer you my sympathy and I hope you will be able to remember her in happier times.”

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