INQUEST HALTED ON TEEN'S DEATH

A CORONER has halted an inquest on an 18-year-old girl found hanged in her bedroom.

Carrie Loch was found dead by her father on October 26 at the home they shared in Bishop Crescent, Jarrow, after he broke down the door.

Yesterday, at a hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court in South Shields, he and her mother raised concerns about their daughter's final days.

Paul Brown told the inquest that his daughter was no stranger to trouble, and had been electronically tagged for three years.

But it caused her to become depressed at times, and two weeks before she died Miss Loch had been arrested for breaching the terms of her tagging order.

While in custody she was treated for alcoholism, and they suspect she was given something which badly affected her.

Mr Brown said: "Something happened in-between Carrie leaving my house, spending the day in the police station, going to court, being remanded for two days and getting out."

He said he had asked his daughter if she had been given drugs by someone while in custody.

"She told me 'no', but that she had been given medication that morning because she was an alcoholic."

Her mother Tracey Fulcher added: "She was off her face when we saw in her court.

"She said she had been given something for alcohol, but there had been no checks with her doctor."

Coroner Terence Carney said that because of Miss Loch's parents' concerns, he was going to have to adjourn the hearing for further inquiries to be made.

"Something may have happened in the fortnight before she died which somehow affected her judgement."