The heartbroken mum of a teenager who took his own life after being falsely accused of rape was found hanged in her family home.The family of grief-stricken Karin Cheshire, 55, said she ‘could not see a future’ without son Jay Cheshire, 17, who took his own life after allegations of rape were made against him. The complaint was withdrawn after two weeks but was said to have deeply affected Jay.
The mum-of-two was found at her home in Southampton, Hampshire, on July 18 and an inquest into her death heard she had died in the same way as her son – asphyxiation as a result of hanging.
Karin was discovered by neighbours who became worried when they had not heard from her or seen her walk her beloved pet Shih Tzu.
Karin’s brother Simon, said the whole family have not got over Jay’s death, who died at Southampton General Hospital, Hants, on July 5 last year two days after he was found hanging.
Karin had spoken out after his death, revealing she had to make the heart-wrenching decision to switch off his life support: “The rape allegation was the main reason he killed himself. I switched his life support off. If I have to think about it I will cry. It’s the worst thing a mum could have to do.”