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We need space to grieve for Hannah

Deborah Smith, formerly of Leven, and her stepdaughter, the late Hannah Smith.

Deborah Smith, formerly of Leven, and her stepdaughter, the late Hannah Smith.

The Leven stepmum of tragic teenager Hannah Smith has declined to comment on a coroner’s ruling over the 14-year-old’s death last year.

Deborah Smith said the family needed “a bit of space to grieve” now that last week’s hearing was over.

South Leicestershire coroner Catherine Smith recorded a verdict of suicide after hearing there was strong evidence that Lutterworth teenager Hannah had posted abusive online messages to herself before taking her own life on August 2.

In a highly-publicised case, it had been thought Hannah hanged herself after being subjected to cyber-bullying, and her family began a campaign for tighter legislation and protection.

Deborah lived in Levenmouth and the East Neuk before meeting Hannah’s dad Dave Smith and moving to Leicestershire 14 years ago.

 

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