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Schoolgirl who hanged herself said stepfather made her mop floor at 1.30am, inquest hears 

‘Cinderella’ schoolgirl Amber Peat, 13, who ran away from home and hanged herself said stepfather woke her at 1.30am and made her mop floor because she hadn’t done her chores, inquest hears

  • Amber Peat was found dead on June 2, 2015 – three days after she went missing
  • Her mother Kelly and stepfather Danny Peat did not raise the alarm for 8 hours
  • Stepfather made her get up at 1.30am to mop the floor, teacher told the inquest
  • Also made to wear jogging bottoms to school after forgetting to wash trousers

A schoolgirl who was found hanged in a hedgerow told a teacher how her stepfather had woken her at 1.30am to make her mop the floor, an inquest has heard.

The hearing previously heard how Amber Peat fell out with her parents after rows over domestic chores and had struggled with the demands of growing up at home. 

Today, evidence was heard from staff at Queen Elizabeth School in Mansfield, which Amber was attending at the time of her death.

Amber’s form teacher, Rebecca Beard, described a series of incidents that the teenager had told her had happened at home with her stepfather Danny Peat.

On one occasion, she claimed she had been been awoken by her stepfather at 1.30am and told to mop floors as a punishment for failing to fulfil domestic chores.

Danny Peat

Amber Peat (pictured) told a teacher how her stepfather Danny (right) had woken her at 1.30am to make her mop the floor, an inquest has heard

She was also made to wear baggy jogging bottoms to school after forgetting to put her normal school trousers in the wash.

Another time she lost her tie and as a punishment was told by her stepfather to carry her school items in a plastic shopping bag instead of her normal school bag.

Mrs Beard told the inquest: ‘Amber said her dad wanted to humiliate her and get every one to laugh at her.’

The teacher added: ‘I was extremely concerned that Amber was being emotionally abused by her father.’

Amber, 13, at one time wrote a letter to her mother telling her she ‘just wanted to be her little girl again’, the hearing has also been told.

Her body was discovered in June 2015, three days after she left the home in Mansfield, Notts, she shared with mother Kelly, stepfather Danny, and two siblings.

Kelly Peat, mother of Amber, arrives at Nottingham Coroner's Court for a hearing earlier this month

Kelly Peat, mother of Amber, arrives at Nottingham Coroner’s Court for a hearing earlier this month

Her parents waited almost eight hours before they finally reported her missing in the early hours of the morning.

Ellen Chapman, an inclusion support worker at Queen Elizabeth School, told the hearing that one of her role’s was to help students with behavioural issues.

Miss Chapman was asked by coroner Laurinda Bower about the issues over the jogging bottoms which Amber had been made to wear.

She said: ‘The jogging bottoms were over-sized. They didn’t go with the school uniform. They looked very out of place. The students thought she looked ridiculous. 

‘She got a lot of stick for it. Amber was very upset and embarrassed by it. She was unhappy that she was wearing them.’

The inquest, which is expected to last a month, continues.

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