Student found hanged was ‘blighted’ by sexual abuse

Published September 23, 2014 by JS2

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Tyler Duchar-Clark was found in his halls of residence

An inquest has heard that a 19-year-old student from Essex took his own life because he struggled to deal with a sexual assault he suffered as a child.

Tyler Duchar-Clark, from Braintree, was found in his halls of residence at the University of Portsmouth on 2nd February this year.

The Coroner recorded a verdict that Mr Duchar-Clark took his own life while suffering severe long-term depression.

The TV and film production student had not been seen for about three days, he was discovered by a friend.

The Portsmouth inquest was told Mr Duchar-Clark had been suffering from severe depression since he was a child, following the sexual assault by two men which happened when he was 11 and which he still suffered flashbacks about.

Coroner David Horsley recorded a verdict that Mr Duchar-Clark took his own life while suffering severe long-term depression.

His father Paul Duchar-Clark said his son had struggled with depression since he was a teenager.

Saying that university had been a positive experience, he added: “He was the best I had known him for a considerable period of time, he seemed so happy in himself, I looked at him and thought ‘He’s a grown boy, a man’.”

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