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Schoolboy, 12, who was fascinated by TV magician Dynamo accidentally hanged himself in his bedroom

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  • Charlie Kelsey-Neil was fascinated by knots and a fan of magician Dynamo
  • The 12-year-old schoolboy was found hanging in his room by a sibling
  • Inquest heard he had jokingly wrapped a cable around his neck in prank at school two weeks before his death
  • Medway Coroner Patricia Harding today ruled his death was an accident

By Suzannah Hills

PUBLISHED: 05:38 EST, 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 06:22 EST, 19 June 2013

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Tragedy: Charlie Kelsey-Neil, 12, was found hanging in his bedroom by a younger sibling

Tragedy: Charlie Kelsey-Neil, 12, was found hanging in his bedroom by a younger sibling

A 12-year-old schoolboy accidentally hanged himself in his bedroom just two weeks after jokingly wrapping a cable around his neck in a classroom prank, an inquest heard today.

Charlie Kelsey-Neil, 12, was fascinated by knots and a big fan of street magician Dynamo - spending hours watching the British-born star's TV shows.

An inquest in Medway heard how he was found by a younger sibling at the family home in Canterbury, Kent.

His mother Caroline, 31, and stepfather Jovan Neil, 26, desperately tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead later that evening.

The court was told Charlie had rowed with one of his siblings hours before his death but Mr Neil said the incident was not a cry for help and Charlie had never given any indication of wanting to harm himself.

Mr Neil said that Charlie, who had ADHD, had enjoyed playing with knots since he was a toddler and would pretend to be Spiderman.

He said: 'He was not interested in looking on the internet, but when he did it was about fishing and magic tricks.

'He became really interested in Dynamo, who does street magic, and he would watch episode after episode for hours.'

The inquest heard Charlies had loosely put an internet cable around his neck and jokingly faked a hanging pose in front of Year 8 classmates just two weeks before his death.

Accident: Medway coroner Patricia Harding ruled that Charlie's death was an accident and an 'unintentional consequence of a deliberate action'

Accident: Medway coroner Patricia Harding ruled that Charlie's (pictured on a fishing trip) death was an accident and an 'unintentional consequence of a deliberate action'

Charlie, a pupil at the Orchard School in Canterbury, Kent, was found unconscious at home in Sittingbourne last October.

Patricia Harding, the Coroner for Medway, said: 'I totally rule out suicide. There is no evidence he was suffering from depression or anything of that sort.

'The evidence shows that it was probable that it was the unintentional consequence of a deliberate action.

'The probable cause of death is that it was an accident. It is a very tragic case.'

After the hearing Charlie's family said: 'Charlie was a lovely boy with a real get up and go personality.
He loved the outdoors and would even camp in the garden.

'He was a good brother and very protective of his siblings. He was always there for them and his smile could light up any room.

'All his friends have nothing but good things to say about him and he is sorely missed, we all loved him so much.'

The coroner ruled the schoolboy's death was an accident.

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