A mother who had to switch off her son’s life support after he killed himself over rape allegations committed suicide a year later, an inquest heard.
Karin Cheshire, 55, was so devastated by the loss of Jay Cheshire, 17, that she had slept in his room for a year.
Jay killed himself after a rape allegation – which was then withdrawn.
Her daughter Camellia Cheshire, 22, today said outside court: ‘Because of what the girl alleged, I have lost my brother and now my mother.
‘It’s created a domino effect, and a huge wake of destruction because of the allegation that was eventually dropped. She’s destroyed our whole family’s life.’
Over the following 12 months, Ms Cheshire had a breakdown and was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, having been ‘profoundly affected’ by her loss.
Her inquest today in Winchester, Hants, heard that it was Jay’s tragic death which sparked her mental health decline.
He was found hanging in a park on July 5 2015, and a coroner ruled that a factor in his decision to take his own life was that he struggled to cope with a rape allegation made against him.
Karin spoke out after his death, revealing she had to make the heart-wrenching decision to switch off his life support.
Speaking last October, she said: ‘The rape allegation was the main reason he killed himself.
‘She accused him of rape and said he was a sexual offender. He was absolutely distraught. Two weeks later she said she withdrew the allegations.’
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