Barnstaple student, 18, took her own life

The inquest was held at North Devon Magistrates' Court.

The inquest was held at North Devon Magistrates' Court. - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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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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