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Teen claimed she was abused before suicide

A teenage girl claimed she had been sexually abused before she took a fatal overdose of medication.

Alannah McAuley (16) died on December 1 2003 after being rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital. At the inquest into her death yesterday, coroner Suzanne Anderson heard how the teenager had confided to a close friend that she had been sexually abused.

Reporting restrictions prevent details of the allegations being revealed. Police confirmed that no charges had been made in relation to the alleged abuse.

An apparent suicide note left by Alannah was read out to the court.

In it Alannah set out her final wishes, asked her little sister to forgive her and told those close to

her that she loved them.

Giving evidence, assistant state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said Alannah had died from an overdose of propafenone, also known as arythmol.

The teenager had been staying in a care home in Lurgan at the time of her death and the court heard how the tablets had been stored in a locked cabinet in the office of the home, having been left there by a previous resident.

The inquest continues today.

Belfast Telegraph