VERDICT: An inquest into the death of Wendy Maguire ruled that the 16-year-old jumped onto the busy A12 near Leytonstone over fears that she would be in trouble with her parents for drinking vodka at school
THE FAMILY of a teenager who fell to her death from a bridge in east London have said they will challenge the ruling which claims the school girl committed suicide.
An inquest into the death of Wendy Maguire yesterday (Nov 27) ruled that the 16-year-old jumped onto the busy A12 near Leytonstone over fears that she would be in trouble with her parents for drinking vodka at school.
Wendy's parents, Leila and Niall, both 50, have refused to accept that their daughter took her own life, insisting that a verdict of misadventure would be more appropriate seen as the teen's blood level was nearly 50 percent over the drink-drive limit.
Speaking to The Evening Standard, Mrs Maguire said there was insufficient evidence to back up the coroner's ruling and said there were discrepancies between accounts given at the time to yesterday's inquest.
Mrs Maguire, who is considering taking legal action against her daughter's school Palmer Catholic Academy in Ilford for allegedly failing in its duty of care by letting the teen leave the premises when she showed signs of being drunk on the day she died, told the paper that Wendy was not unhappy at home and had not been bullied.
She said: "Wendy was funny, playful and very smart. The week before she died, she asked to go to her dad's workplace for experience as she wanted to be an accountant. She wanted to learn and was very bright.
"We got her exam results back after she died and she got A grades. We know what the truth is and what is not. I just want justice for her."
Recording the suicide verdict, Walthamstow coroner Chinyere Inyama, said: "My view is that Wendy, thinking she was going to be in trouble, in a short space of time thought things through and decided she was going to jump off the bridge. That is the best evidence I have."