Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Public 'took photo of dying girl'

Robyn Nixon who died after falling around from the top of a multi-storey car park

A coroner has condemned the "shabby" actions of people who took mobile phone photographs of a teenage girl who jumped from a multi-storey car park after being bullied.

Robyn Nixon, 15, had suffered "psychological bullying" by being excluded from a group of friends and had also broken up from her boyfriend of seven months in the days before her death, an inquest heard.

The schoolgirl had previously made a threat to her former boyfriend and another male friend, neither of whom can be named for legal reasons, that she would take her own life in such a way.

She had been speaking to her ex-boyfriend, now 17, in the minutes before she jumped from the top floor of the car park in Weymouth, Dorset, on April 11 this year.

He had been in the town with his new girlfriend and they walked to the car park after Robyn telephoned him, concerned for her safety. Just moments after the pair arrived, Robyn ended the telephone call and stepped from the edge of the building.

Her ex-boyfriend rushed to her side but she suffered massive head injuries and was declared dead in hospital shortly afterwards.

West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston praised the actions of passers-by who tried to help Robyn but said some acted "in a shabby way" by taking photographs as she lay dying.

He said: "You can only presume something like this has never happened to them, but it does make you worried about humanity."

He said at the inquest at Dorset County Hall in Dorchester: "She had two areas of problems. One was being excluded, if that's the right word, from a group of friends at school, and the other was that she had only recently broken up with a boyfriend."

Notes were later discovered in her bag, one reading that "there is nothing for anybody else to hear", Mr Johnston added.

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