Teen died as neck got stuck in railing

A teenager suffered a fatal heart attack after his neck got trapped in a freak railings accident, an inquest heard yesterday.

And gardaí, who conducted a detailed investigation into all the circumstances leading up to, and surrounding tragic Leon Connon’s death in Co Cork earlier this year, are about to submit a detailed file on the incident to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP).

Cork city coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest until next May pending a decision from the DPP’s office about whether anyone should face prosecution in relation to Leon’s death.

Leon, from The Orchards, Compass Hill in Kinsale, Co Cork, was with friends in a field near his home on Saturday, January 25, last when his neck became trapped in railings.

It is believed he had complained of feeling unwell minutes before and had tried to rest on the 4ft-high railings before apparently losing consciousness.

Friends made frantic efforts to free him but raised the alarm when they couldn’t lift him off.

Neighbours and emergency services rushed to the scene and managed to free him.

They performed CPR and restored his pulse before he was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

However, his condition did not improve and after spending several days on a life-support machine, he passed away on January 29 last.

Assistant state pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, who conducted a postmortem examination on the body, told the inquest yesterday that Leon died from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy— lack of oxygen to the brain — due to cardiac arrest as a result of the entrapment of his neck in railings.

Detective Inspector Declan O’Sullivan told the inquest that gardai have prepared an extensive file on the incident.

“It is almost completed and ready for the DPP,” he said.

He applied for and was granted an adjournment of the inquest, with the matter due to be mentioned again on May 7, 2015. Leon’s devastated parents were not in court yesterday.

An only child, Leon was a popular second-year student in Kinsale Community School and a valued member of Kinsale Rugby Club.


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