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Inquest opens into death of teen pulled from River Faughan

By Donna Deeney

The initial stage of an inquest into the circumstances that led to the death of a teenage boy who was being chased by police begins this week.

Kyle Bones was running from the police when he entered the River Faughan near Drumahoe on the outskirts of Londonderry in April 2010.

It is believed he got into difficulties and was pulled from the water by officers who administered first aid but the 15-year-old student died a short time later.

The Northern Ireland Coroners Court sitting in Belfast will open the inquest with a preliminary inquiry before it is transferred to Derry at a later date for the full hearing.

At the time of his death police were investigating reports of a disturbance on the Glenshane Road at 5pm on April 7, 2010 when Kyle Bones and another youth ran off.

Police gave chase which is when the youth entered the River Faughan and got into difficulties.

He was already unconscious by the time the officers pulled him onto the river bank.

The day following the drowning the Police Ombudsman opened an investigation into the teenager’s death.

At the time of Kyle's death there was great shock and sadness in the Tullyally community.

William Lamrock from the YMCA club, where Kyle was a regular, said he was “highly thought of” by youth workers.

He added: “He was a great young lad, but like all young fellas there's always a bit of devilment in them, but Kyle was well-thought-of and well-liked.”

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