Teen found dead hours after being raped at party

Yahoo News Staff
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A 17-year-old girl was raped on a night out with friends hours before she took her own life, an inquest has heard.

Megan Younger-Watson was out with friends at a pub in England in 2019, before heading to a house party after the venue closed.

At the party Megan was raped. On her way home she told her friends, who said she was "distraught", the Ipswich Star reported.

Megan also witnessed a violent mugging outside the pub she was at prior to the party and intervened to try and help the victim, the inquest into her death heard.

The coroner said witnessing the mugging would have added to the teenager's trauma.

Detective Inspector Daniel Connick told the Suffolk Coroner's Court Megan would have been too intoxicated to give consent, The Sun reported.

 Megan Younger-Watson was out with friends at a party when she was allegedly raped in 2019. Source: Facebook
Megan Younger-Watson was out with friends at a party when she was allegedly raped in 2019. Source: Facebook

She had to be carried back to the youth hostel where she lived. Security footage from that night reportedly shows her in an intoxicated state.

The Ipswich Star reported Megan was in a same-sex relationship.

Megan was last seen entering her partner's room at around 8am on security footage, but following an argument she returned to her own room.

Some two hours later, police and paramedics were called after friends had no response from her. Tragically, she was found dead inside her room.

A post-mortem found drugs in her system though the alcohol levels were below the UK's legal limit.

The inquest heard Megan was studying performing arts at Suffolk New College.

Due to an abusive relationship in her early teenage years, Megan was diagnosed with PTSD.

She had moved to the hostel for some independence and was seeking treatment for anxiety and depression. In the past she had harmed herself and attempted to overdose.

Megan's mother, Natashia Younger-Watson, believes more could have been done the night of her death. Source: Facebook
Megan's mother, Natashia Younger-Watson, believes more could have been done the night of her daughter's death. Source: Facebook

Megan's mother, Natashia Younger-Watson, described her as one of the "most wonderful, bubbliest, happiest people" you would ever meet, The Sun reported.

"She put everyone before herself, that’s why there’s been such a big tribute to her," she said.

Megan's mother says more could have been done to protect her that night, The Ipswich Star reported.

The alleged raped was investigated and a male suspect was identified, however the Crown Prosecution Service did not press charges.

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