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.

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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.