Published: 00:00, 19 December 2016 |
Updated: 10:05, 20 December 2016
The mental state of a teenager, who died after being discharged from hospital after a suicide attempt, has been discussed at an inquest into her death.
18-year-old Mara Nunes from Walmer died on the A258 between Ringwould and Walmer on Saturday, January 10, 2015, after being hit by a silver Vauxhall Astra.
The inquiry at Sandwich Guildhall began today (Monday) with evidence from mental health experts.
It follows a pre-inquest review held at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 6.
Text messages between her and her support worker at the Next Step Agency, Kylie Brown, as well as Facebook posts and diary entries collected in a police search of her Walmer flat revealed her state of mind.
Ms Learmond explained that a one-off assessment had resulted in Mara being taken on by the crisis team.
The former Sandwich Technology School pupil was originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands and her family live overseas.
Guernsey Social Services, represented by Claire Hennessy, was still responsible for her foster care when she came to England.
The teen, who was described by friends in tributes as “one of a kind”, had been living with foster carer Christine Mountain in Pike Road, Tilmanstone, for the past five years before she moved to France and Mara moved to Walmer.
Guernsey Social Services has launched a serious case review overseen by the Island Child Protection Committee.
Ms Hennessy said: “Guernsey Social Services is very willing to engage and wants to learn lessons and find out if there were any difficulties here.”
A flower box marks the spot where she was killed on the A258 and a memorial bench was also placed at Pines Gardens in St Margaret’s.
If you would like confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans on 08457 116 123 at any time.
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