Coroner has ‘not forgotten’ Molly Russell’s household as quest for solutions delayed

Coroner has ‘not forgotten’ Molly Russell’s household as quest for solutions delayed


he inquest into the dying of teenager Molly Russell has been delayed by authorized argument as a coroner insisted he had not forgotten her “grieving” household.

The inquest into the 14-year-old’s dying was resulting from start at North London Coroner’s Court docket in Barnet on Tuesday – virtually 5 years after she ended her life.

Molly, from Harrow, north-west London, is thought to have seen materials linked to anxiousness, melancholy, self-harm and suicide earlier than her dying in November 2017, prompting her household to marketing campaign for higher web security.

Earlier hearings have heard how the 14-year-old had engaged with tens of 1000’s of social media posts within the six months earlier than she died, together with content material which “raised issues”.

Molly’s father was resulting from give a pen portrait of his daughter on Tuesday, however authorized argument regarding the media’s entry to paperwork within the inquest postponed proceedings till Wednesday.

Coroner Andrew Walker raised issues that the publishing of sure social media posts accessed by {the teenager} earlier than her dying might have a adverse impact on their authentic creator.

“It’s that one challenge of making certain that if there’s materials, that may have an effect on the creator… we cope with it in a delicate method,” he mentioned.

Molly Russell (Household handout/PA)

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Addressing the delays on the finish of the day’s listening to, the coroner mentioned: “It’s very troublesome for the household in inquests resembling this the place there are numerous authorized issues to debate.

“On the coronary heart of each inquest lies a grieving household and that’s one thing I’ve not forgotten regardless of all of the work that has been finished by counsel at the moment to try to transfer this case additional ahead.”

The courtroom beforehand heard how on Twitter, Molly tweeted or retweeted 460 instances, preferred 4,100 tweets, was following 116 accounts and had 42 followers.

She was a way more energetic person of Pinterest, with greater than 15,000 engagements, together with 3,000 saves, within the final six months of her life.

Molly didn’t have a Fb profile.

However within the final six months of her life, she was participating with Instagram posts about 130 instances a day on common.

This included 3,500 shares throughout that point, in addition to 11,000 likes and 5,000 saves.

Discussions between legal professionals representing Molly’s kinfolk, social media giants Meta and Pinterest, and the media are resulting from resume on Wednesday.

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