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Barnstaple student, 18, took her own life

PUBLISHED: 17:04 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:03 21 January 2016

The inquest was held at North Devon Magistrates' Court.

The inquest was held at North Devon Magistrates' Court.


Inquest finds Barnstaple student, 18, intended to take her own life when she took an overdose.

A Petroc student took her own life by overdosing on her mother’s amitriptyline tablets, a coroner concluded.

An inquest on Wednesday heard Siani Elland Ruby Benson-Wills, of Rolle Street, Barnstaple, had suffered with depression since the age of 13.

The 18-year-old had previously been on antidepressants but was not on any prescribed medication at the time of her death on May 8, last year.

The inquest heard Siani had a history of self harm, and had tried to take her own life by taking an overdose on a previous occasion.

Her mother Tracie Benson said in her statement: “Siani was a happy-go-lucky girl until the age of 13 when she began to struggle.”

She said Siani, who was also a part time bar maid, had undertaken her first year of A Levels at Petroc, before switching to a Btec in art.

Ms Benson last saw her daughter alive on the evening of May 6 at their home.

Siani was found dead at around 1.30am on May 8 and a post-mortem recorded a fatal level of amitriptyline in her blood as the cause of death.

Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland recorded a verdict of suicide, and said: “This was an impulsive overdose but I am satisfied Siani took her own life.”

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