Search

Parents disagree with suicide verdict after daughter jumps from bridge

18:24 27 November 2012

Wendy Maguire

Wendy Maguire

Archant

The mum of a 16-year-old girl who jumped from a bridge has said there was “not enough evidence” after an inquest ruled it as a suicide.

Wendy Maguire of Henley Road, Ilford was twice the legal drink drive limit when she jumped off a bridge onto a motorway.

A ruling of suicide was given by Walthamstow Coroners Court earlier today.

Wendy’s mother Leila, 49, said that her daughter was a bright and popular girl and that she did not agree with the suicide verdict.

Speaking after the inquest Mrs Maguire said: “She dreamed of becoming an accountant and was looking forward to going to university. This was not a girl who would take her own life. I don’t think there was enough evidence to come to this verdict.”

Miss Maguire who attended The Palmer Catholic Academy, Aldborough Road South, Seven Kings was sent to the headteacher’s office after staff smelt alcohol on her breath.

It is believe she had done shots before class started. Miss Maguire then made her way to the footbridge over the A12 in Leytonstone before jumping onto the motorway on January 13.

Mrs Maguire said: “Wendy was confident, popular and smart. No one has come forward to say they saw her climbing on the footbridge which she would have had to have done to jump.”

Her parents said she had never expressed any suicidal thought before.

Her dad Niall said: “We talked about what she wanted to do in years to come. We didn’t expect this at all.”

Eyewitnesses then saw her leaning over the railings looking down into the traffic below before jumping off.

A post-mortem revealed Wendy died of head injuries.

Coroner Chinyere Inyama said: “My view is that Wendy, thinking she was going to be in trouble, in a short space of time thought things through and decided she was going to jump off the bridge.”

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:33
Ken Livingstone has been suspended from the Labour Party  (Picture: PA)

Redbridge’s Jewish community has “serious concerns” about the Labour party’s handling of anti-Semitism, according to one of its MPs.

Yesterday, 14:28
An accident on the A406 saw two people thrown from the vehicle. Photo: Google Maps

A man has died after being “thrown from a car” following a crash on the A406 yesterday.

Yesterday, 12:00
Voters will take to the polls to choose the next London mayor and their GLA representatives on May 5

As the countdown begins to Thursday’s elections, we profile Havering and Redbridge’s five local GLA candidates vying to win. Here is what you need to know about your local candidates.

Yesterday, 11:27
A person was hit by a train this morning at Romford station

There are severe delays on TfL Rail between Romford and Ilford after a person was hit by a train at Romford station this morning.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe