‘Destroyed’ mum took her life at same spot her 16 year old talented footballer son killed himself


A womam took her life at the same spot her 16-year-old son killed himself eight weeks earlier, an inquest heard.

The grieving mum Camille Hardman, 45, carried out an exact re-enactment of her talented footballer son Ethan’s suicide after he took his life a few months after his 16th birthday last October.

Following days of his death, a heartbroken Camille was admitted to a mental health unit after her family raised the alarm about her expressing suicidal thoughts.

On December 8, her sister came to her home in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, to find the doors wide open.

Camille wasn’t in the house because she had left by the side gate to avoid being seen on a neighbours doorbell camera, the court heard.

She left a note in which she described how she struggled to cope since Ethan died and what she wanted to happen after her death, the court was told.

After a search, her body was found at an area known as Forty Step by the same police officer who had discovered her son’s body there just weeks before.

Area Coroner Kate Bisset said: ‘This was an absolute tragedy, utterly heart-breaking.

‘Camille was an intelligent, articulate and loving lady and Ethan was the light of her life.

‘When Ethan died she was destroyed by the loss, her heart was broken beyond repair.’

Preston Coroner’s Court heard Camille, a Human Resources administrator, had a history of depression stretching back 20 years and had made numerous threats to end her life.

The inquest heard she found life ‘too much’ when her only child killed himself on October 14 after splitting up from his girlfriend.

He was also struggling to deal with the death of his grandmother and the pressure of starting his first job, it was heard.

Camille’s partner Richard Benson wept as he told the inquest how the ‘extremely fragile’ mum had expressed an intention to take her own life.

The HR administrator had been detained under the Mental Health Act following Ethan’s death after her family raised concerns about her repeatedly expressing suicidal thoughts.

But she was discharged in order to attend his funeral on November 9 and spent three days in a hotel where she tried to kill herself.

In the short weeks leading to her own death, Camille had started to experience visions of her son’s body being found.

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