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Teenager hanged herself after accidentally sending message

A 17-year-old hanged herself after she accidentally sent a Snapchat message to her on-off boyfriend in which she revealed she had slept with someone else, an inquest heard.

College student Charlotte Guy had intended her confession to go to a friend but she mistakenly sent it instead to 20-year-old Jack Hurst who was away at university.

After realising what she had done, she sent him a message which read: ‘Goodbye. Please forgive me.’ 

The teenager, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, later sent a final message and said: ‘I love you – knowing that you hate me is enough.’ 

The teenager was later found hanged near her home

Charlotte Guy (pictured) was found hanged after she accidentally sent her on-off boyfriend a Snapchat message which revealed she had slept with someone else 

The 17-year-old (pictured) had intended her confession to go to a friend but she mistakenly sent it instead to the 20-year-old

The 17-year-old (pictured) had intended her confession to go to a friend but she mistakenly sent it instead to the 20-year-old

Mr Hurst called the police after reading the messages and used her Snapchat account to pinpoint her location. 

But she was found hanged near St John Rigby College in Wigan, where she had been studying healthcare.

The Bolton hearing was told the tragedy occurred on September 24 last year after Charlotte, who also worked poolside at a Total Fitness gym had been dating Mr Hurst for two years.

In a statement Mr Hurst – who is currently sitting exams at Newcastle University – said: ‘We stayed in contact by text messages and phone calls but she got upset about something that somebody had said to her about a girl I was seeing before I met her.

‘She told me that she felt like I had lied to her and I tried to convince her otherwise but she said she didn’t want to be here anymore. 

‘I was concerned because she had made comments to me before about feeling that the world wasn’t meant for her.

‘She was always worried about not making new friends, but she started a new course at college and made friends quickly and she seemed happy.’

‘I went to see her in Wigan on the 21 September. I spoke to her and she said that she wanted to end the relationship. 

‘She said that she felt like she couldn’t trust me but wanted to stay friends. I said that it wasn’t what I wanted but I went back to my parents in Blackpool.

‘She asked if I was okay and I said that I felt we could continue our relationship. Charlotte went out with friends that night and I didn’t hear much from her. 

Mr Hurst was studying at university

She accidentally sent him the Snapchat messages

University student Jack Hurst (pictured) phoned the police after receiving her messages and tracked her location on the popular social media app 

The inquest was told that the previous night she had been drinking vodka with two female friends

The inquest was told that the previous night she had been drinking vodka with two female friends

‘We carried on texting the next day and she told me that she kissed someone else that night. She went out on the Saturday night too.

‘On Sunday 24 she text me to say that she wanted to talk. I said I was busy doing something and I would speak to her later. 

‘After this she sent me a Snapchat message that was meant for her friend but that she had sent to me instead.

‘The Snapchat referenced her sleeping with someone on the Saturday night. She told me that it wasn’t for me, and apologised and said she was a horrible person. 

‘She said that she wanted to talk and explain but I said that I didn’t feel like talking and to message me to say what she wanted to say.

‘At 5.11pm I got a long text massage for her starting with ‘ok I think I get the point’.

‘This message concerned me and I tried to call her but she didn’t answer. I got another message at 17:13 saying ‘it doesn’t matter. Goodbye. Please forgive me.’

‘The last message I got from her at 17:14 said: ‘I love you, knowing that you hate me is enough’.’

Toxicology reports showed Charlotte had taken cocaine while under the influence of alcohol. 

The hearing was the previous night she had been out with friends Stephanie Bradshaw and Kieran Ashcroft and during the evening she was seen drinking vodka.

Mr Ashcroft said: ‘She told me that she had been seeing someone called Jack Hurst for about two years but they had since split up.

‘She didn’t seem upset about it and seemed really happy the entire night. The next day I dropped her off home at around 6am and she sent me a message later on. 

‘Charlotte told me that she had been having a good night, and seemed happy when I dropped her off the next morning.’

Earlier Charlotte’s parents Martin and Deborah Guy told their daughter had previously self harmed and had been referred to healthcare professional. 

Charlotte was found hanged in Wigan

Mr Hurst phoned the police after receiving the messages

Mr Hurst (right) said he and Charlotte (left) stayed in contact when he went to Newcastle University

Mr Hurst had previously told them their daughter had made comments to him about ending her life.

Mr and Mrs Guy said the last time they saw their daughter was on Sunday, September 24, when she had a cup of tea with them and informed them she was going to collect her things from a friends. 

Mr Guy said the messages conveyed to Jack, were ‘for attention’ and added: ‘I don’t think that she knew the severity of what she was doing.’

Charlotte’s brother Dean said of her break-up with Jack: ‘She was upset, but then we watched the films and when she went home she seemed happier.’

Recording a narrative conclusion, coroner Alan Walsh said: ‘It is important to note that there was no evidence that Charlotte used cocaine in the past and no evidence that she was a regular user. 

‘On the balance of the evidence it is likely that she used cocaine in what I have described as the chaotic last 48 hours of her life.

‘But particularly important in the chaos what her mental state of mind in that period. As a non-regular user, it may have had a greater impact on her mind at that time.

‘Charlotte was 17 years of age when she died. She was at college, and her trigger points were work related stress of both college and work and domestic life with her boyfriend. 

‘That may well have been a factor to affect her state of mind. She was in a relationship with Jack Hurst for the best part of two years.

‘I believed it had the usual ups and downs of young people both aged between 17 to 20. It is usual for these relationships to have its ups and downs – on one minute and off the next.

‘I know that it is typical of young people in a relationship. I accept that she was the one who ended the relationship, but it still would have had an effect on her.

‘I believed that I would have had an effect on Jack at the time and certainly affected him after finding out she died.

‘I accept at the time she may have been under the influence of cocaine and some of the effects of that may have changed her behaviour and may have changed her state of mind. 

‘I believed she was a troubled young lady. The effect it will have on her family and friends is beyond imagination.’

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