Troubled teenager found hanged after break-up
A teenager sent a series of agonised text messages to his friends and family before hanging himself in a barn at his grandparents' farm.
Matthew Tidmarsh, from Callington, was said to have been depressed over the break-up of his relationship with girlfriend Emily Childs.
Although the two continued to be friends and see each other socially as part of a larger, tight-knit group, police analysing Mr Tidmarsh's computer said it was clear he was having difficulty coping.
At an inquest in Truro, which recorded a verdict of suicide, Detective Sergeant Tim Wright said Mr Tidmarsh had left a number of "Dear Diary" entries on his laptop.
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He said the 19-year-old was upset about the break-up and added: "While he kept seeing her, that was also very difficult for him."
Miss Childs said the couple had been seeing each other for about six months and had the normal ups and down of a young couple.
"During the time we were together there were occasions when we had issues or a falling out, but we always got back together," she said in a statement.
She said he was also concerned about his relationship with his mother, who had threatened to throw him out after he came back home drunk and ill on a number of occasions.
His mother, Nicola Martin, said the issue had caused "some tension" but she could never have forced him from home.
Late on the night before he died, Mrs Martin said she received a number of text messages from her son which had left her concerned.
His friend Fiona Mutton drove him to his grandparents farm at Latchley, near Gunnislake, dropping him off just after midnight.
Just after 3pm next day, his uncle, Kevin Martin, found his body hanging in the barn.