LiveKyle Rees inquest

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Summary

  • Kyle, 16, died on February 28 after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball.
  • After an initial investigation police said they were treating his death as a tragic accident.
  • Family and friends have started fundraising for the paediatric unit at Southampton General Hospital.
  • The three-day inquest starts today.
  • Jury set to be sworn in at 10am.

5:06pm

Inquest concludes for today. Will resume tomorrow at 10am. 

5:00pm

Pathologist said it would not have been possible to save Kyle because of the nature of the injury. 

"This would be an unsurvivable injury regardless of what happened at the scene", he said. 

4:56pm

Brain injury worsened on way to Southampton. Brain swelling had deteriorated. 

Cause of death was the brain injury Kyle suffered from the impact. 

No evidence of any natural disease that could have contributed to his death.

4:47pm

When paramedics arrived Kyle was in cardiac arrest and had no pulse. He was in the lowest form of coma on the Glasgow Coma Score. 

CT scan at Bournemouth Hospital showed bleeding on the back of the  brain on the right side, the pathologist said. 

4:44pm

He carried out post mortem on Kyle on February 29.

4:43pm

Witness stands down. Pathologist Dr Russell Delaney up now. 

4:33pm

Coroner just going over the witness statement. 

Witness said on way to lesson he put the hockey ball under a fence out of reach from one of the lads.

Said it is the only time he has ever seen anyone on the roof. 

4:24pm

Witness says another student was on the roof of a building throwing tennis balls off. 

In a statement to police at the time, the witness recalled seeing a hockey ball as well. 

4:16pm

Jury just looking at map of school to ascertain which building the witness is referring to. 

4:12pm

Said he was aware of someone on the roof of a school building around 1.55pm on the day of the incident. 

This is where the ball which struck Kyle is believed to have come from.

4:10pm

Next witness takes the stand. Again, cannot be identified. 

4:07pm

Jury returning. 

3:48pm

Witness steps down. Court adjourns for 15 mins. 

3:46pm

Said about Kyle's injuries: "I knew something was wrong. I knew something was different."

Kyle leaned on the witness, who said, he fell into him and he knew something was wrong. 

3:44pm

"We were just trying to have some fun, throwing balls at each other", the witness tells the court. 

Said one teacher said they didn't want to come out initially because they didn't want to get hit by the balls. 

3:41pm

Witness said Kyle knew he had to lie down.

3:38pm

Said Kyle was frothing from the mouth and had a tear in his eye. He looked like he was struggling to breathe, the witness said.

Said teacher said Kyle was probably unconscious. 

3:36pm

Ball is believed to be a small plastic hockey ball which the witness said had never been seen at school before. 

3:34pm

Witness turned round to see what had happened and then walked towards Kyle, who was holding his head and saying it was hurting. 

He was trying to shake it off but couldn't, the witness tells the court. 

3:32pm

Said he heard someone shouting "Kyle, Kyle, I'm so sorry." 

3:30pm

Said when they came out of the building after registration they had "never seen that many kids." 

Said footballs, shoes and tennis balls and a ping pong ball thrown and a chair used as a bat.

 

3:28pm

Next witness is called and sworn in. Again for legal reasons they cannot be named. 

3:26pm

Footage was not full, but shows main events the jury have been told. 

3:21pm

CCTV footage ends

3:20pm

Court sees first response paramedics arrive at school on footage. 

3:19pm

A small group of people are surrounding him the images show. 

3:17pm

Shows ball throwing in the playground. See Kyle but camera pans away. Does not capture incident. 

Can see him afterwards sitting on wall before he gets up and stops walking.

camera again pans away. Comes back and court can see Kyle lying on the floor. 

3:07pm

Images show students filing out of buildings into the playground. 

3:05pm

Witness steps down. 

Jury now being shown CCTV video footage again. 

3:02pm

When teacher did come out students started to go inside. 

Witness said he was one of the last to leave the playground en route to lessons. 

3:01pm

Playground Not supervised because it was not a break time, court hears from witness. 

3:00pm

Incident took place between afternoon registration and the next class. 

2:59pm

Said ball throwing "seemed to get out of hand a bit". 

A chair and show were also thrown, although not at anyone. 

2:54pm

Witness could see Kyle and friends. Was heading towards class when the incident took place.

Saw ball thrown and Kyle move in front of the ball and struck. 

Said Kyle seemed "dazed and shocked". 

2:51pm

Younger students had been throwing things at each other. Second time that day.

towards the end of lunch tennis balls began being thrown and other items, the jury hear. 

2:48pm

Says he saw Kyle fall to the floor after the ball had hit him. 

Said he could see his eyes bulging and he went blue. 

2:46pm

Witness steps down.

next witness also cannot be identified.

says items had been thrown during lunch across the playground. 

Bell had gne but everyone continued to throw things. Chair had also been thrown.

2:43pm

Throwing of the ball was being done to make sure teacher could not see it. 

Witness being questioned about staff movements. 

Tells the court the teacher was with Kyle when they came back with help.

2:40pm

Youngster who threw the ball did not want to be caught by a teacher throwing the ball. 

Everyone had been told to go inside for fifth period. 

2:32pm

Teacher was with Kyle when the youngsters returned with help.

Witness heard Kyle encouraging the ball to be thrown. 

2:30pm

The youngsters went to find the school first aider and found her very quickly, the court is told. 

Teacher was nearby when the ball was thrown.

2:27pm

"I just knew it wasn't normal to breathe that heavy", the witness said.

2:27pm

Court hears Kyle held his head immediately after and went "quite red" and sat down. 

His breathing went quite heavy the duty hears and there was some spit as well.

 

he said his head hurt and needed to sit down.

2:25pm

Witness was stood next to the youngster who threw the ball.

Said Kyle moved in front of the arm the ball was thrown from. 

It did not travel more than a metre before it hit Kyle.

2:20pm

Witness the youngster who threw the ball leaned back and threw the ball towards the IT block. 

Jury just looking at aerial view of the school. 

2:19pm

The ball which struck Kyle was found on the grass by the IT block in the playground beforehand. 

Witness saw it on the ground then someone else picked it up.

2:17pm

Court hears about students throwing tennis balls on the day the incident took place. There were a number of students throwing them back and forth we are told. It was friendly throwing.

2:15pm

Inquest re-commenced.

more witness statements. We cannot name many of the witnesses for legal reasons.

2:01pm

The inquest is due to re-commence at 2.15pm where we will hear from more witnesses. 

 

1:59pm

The ball has been described as the same size as a tennis ball bit with grooves like a golf ball. 

It is believed it is used for indoor cricket, although is not believed to be a school ball. 

1:57pm

The two students were told to go back to lessons.

1:57pm

The court heard Kyle then began to breathe quite heavily and "a bit of spit had come from his mouth", according to the youngster's statement.

The youngster and another friend then ran to get help from the first aider. 

When they returned Kyle was lying on the floor on his back with a teacher standing over him, the jury was told. 

1:53pm

He had not noticed that Kyle who was originally stood on his right hand side, had moved behind him to his left.

The ball struck Kyle on his head, the statement said.

The court then heard, the youngster grabbed Kyle by his shoulders and asked him if he was okay.

Kyle said he was fine and that he just needed to sit down.

1:48pm

From the transcript of a police interview conducted with the youngster who threw the ball, the court heard that Kyle was encouraging the boy to throw the ball he had found just minutes earlier.

The youngster was reluctant because he did not want to get into trouble but eventually threw the ball into a space in the playground, the jury was told.

1:45pm

A statement was also read by DS Trevor Hawkins from the boy's father.

When the father asked his son if he did it on purpose, the youngster told himself it was an accident, a sentiment echoed by friends on Facebook, the court heard. 

1:43pm

The mother of the boy who threw the ball told the jury that a big part of her son died the same day as Kyle.

She described the state he was in on the day the incident took place as "distraught".

She said: "He can't forgive himself."

1:38pm

When the family got to Southampton they were told by a doctor that  without the life support machines keeping him alive, Kyle would be gone.

The machines were left on overnight for the family to say their goodbyes.

1:34pm

She said: "I was sat waiting, thinking he is young and strong. He will be home before long and spoilt rotten and it will all be good."

Doctors at Bournemouth hospital told her Kyle's heart had stopped in the playground.

"I stopped listening because I was panicking and trying to take it in.

"He is very fit and healthy and that was not the sort of seizure I was expecting them to say about", she said.

1:30pm

Describing the day he died, Tanya said she had a call telling her to go to Bournemouth Hospital as he had been injured.

When Kyle arrived at the hospital, Tanya said the paramedics wouldn't open the doors until she had gone inside.

1:26pm

The inquest has adjourned for lunch.

Kyle's mother Tanya said her son had a "huge personality and huge heart". 

He loved football and played golf with his dad and grandfather.

He had had an interview to study engineering.

1:04pm

Hear that Kyle told his friend to throw the ball but as the youngster threw it Kyle walked in front of it.

There were about four or five others in the playground at the time.

12:55pm

The statement is describing what happened that day in the playground.

 

12:42pm

Court now hearing transcript of police interview with the youngster who threw the ball.

read by DS Trevor Hawkins.

12:40pm

The mother of the youngster who threw the ball has also given evidence

12:40pm

The mother of the youngster who threw the ball has also given evidence

12:29pm

Kyle's mum Tanya said the family did not blame the youngster who threw the ball in any way.

12:22pm

Kyle's mother described him as a lively boy who had hoped to go to college to study engineering. 

12:22pm

Kyle's mother described him as a lively boy who had hoped to go to college to study engineering. 

12:08pm

Tanya Cooper, Kyle's mum to give evidence.

12:04pm

People now returning to the Coroner's court. Waiting for proceedings to begin.

11:57am

The coroner and jurors have just arrived back at the Town Hall.

11:08am

Jurors gone on site visit to school now. Inquest has been adjourned until about 12noon.

10:51am

Footage shows only the lead up and aftermath of the incident in the school playground.

10:45am

Jurors being shown CCTV

10:39am

Coroner also said the ball is not a type usually used by Harewood College.

It is thought the ball may have been on the school roof and fetched by a pupil

10:34am

Coroner said Kyle seemed initially okay after the impact. But then he sat down and it was clear he needed urgent medical attention.

10:32am

Jurors will be shown CCTV footage from the playground. 

This does not show the incident itself where Kyle was injured.

10:25am

Coroner says he will ask jurors to record a narrative verdict at the end of the inquest.

He says they will be asked to delve further into the issues.

Reiterates they are not to apportion blame. 

10:17am

Coroner Sherriff Payne has opened the inquest. Jury being sworn in.

10:15am

Jury entering the room. There are 10 jurors -six men and four women.

10:10am

Read our previous stories about the tragedy

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/kyle_rees/

10:07am

Family and friends just arriving including Kyle's mum Tanya.

10:05am

Kyle was a pupil at Portchester School -now known as Harewood College-which is where the tragedy took place earlier this year.

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