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Hanged Teen 'Posted Vile Messages Herself'
Police uncovered no evidence that a schoolgirl found hanged in her bedroom was the victim of cyberbullying, an inquest has heard.
Hannah Smith, 14, died at her family home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on August 2, 2013, after she was reportedly bullied on controversial website Ask.fm.
But asked by Leicester and South Leicestershire coroner Catherine Mason if there was "any evidence" Hannah was subjected to internet bullying, Detective Sergeant Wayne Simmons said: "No, there isn't."
DS Simmons said on the "balance of probabilities" the "vile" messages about Hannah on Latvia-based website Ask.fm were posted by the teenager herself, in the run up to her death.
Recording a verdict of suicide at the hearing at Leicester Town Hall, Ms Mason praised the teenager as "intelligent, bright, clever, and bubbly".
She offered her condolences to the young girl's family, including her father David and older sister Joanne - both of whom gave evidence at the inquest.
After her death, Hannah's father had called for immediate action to be taken against internet trolls.
However, officers said an investigation of Hannah's computer and IP addresses - which can help locate devices connected to the web - revealed strong evidence she had posted all the messages to herself.
Ms Mason said: "It was quite clear that when Hannah died it was a huge shock to all that knew and loved her.
"Understandably there was as an immediate searching as to why this had happened. That is a natural response."
She added: "So there was this immediate, real and genuine fear that Hannah had been subjected to 'vile' messages on social media.
"Friends and family saw those (messages) after the event and that caused a lot of upset, understandably that it might have taken Hannah to the point where she found herself on August 2, last year.
"That was looked into and it was established from those investigations that those postings would have to have been made by a person who knew all the relevant details, the access details, to get on that site and be in the same location as Hannah.
"The evidence I have was that on the balance of probabilities they would all have been at Hannah's own hand.
"Why she did it, I don't know."
Giving evidence earlier at the inquest, Mr Smith said Hannah had been involved in a fight with a friend at a party five months before her death.
He said he believed his daughter had been bullied for some time and thought her eczema had been the reason she was targeted.
Her older sister - who discovered Hannah in her bedroom - said in another incident months before the party, her sister's coat had been "glued to a chair" at school.