Inquest opens into death of Derbyshire schoolboy

An inquest has opened into the death of a Derbyshire schoolboy.

Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 10:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 12:07 pm
The inquest opening took place at Chesterfield corners' court.
The inquest opening took place at Chesterfield corners' court.

Jak Hikin, of Portland Street, New Houghton, died at King's Mill Hospital on February 19. He was 14-year-old.

His inquest opened at Chesterfield coroners' court on Tuesday.

Coroner Kathryn Hayes said: "The proposed cause of death has been given as 'compression to the neck'."

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Ms Hayes said Jak - who had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and ADHD - had regular contact with 'various healthcare and other services'.

She added: "That is something that's going to form part of my investigations. I'll need to investigate the role of those services."

Ms Hayes adjourned the inquest to a date yet to be fixed in order to carry out further investigations.

She told the court: "This is a very sad death.

"I can think of nothing worse than experiencing the death of a child.

"My condolences go to Jak's family and friends at this tragic time."