Popular Leyland student was found dead in bedroom by mum

TRAGIC: Alessandro Ferro was found dead at home
TRAGIC: Alessandro Ferro was found dead at home
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Inquest hears how college student had been ‘grumbling’ about his timetable but did not seem to be depressed.

A tragic Leyland student was found collapsed in his bedroom by his distraught mum who was trying to wake him for college, an inquest heard.

Computer whizz Alessandro Ferro, 17, died from asphyxiation while under the influence of alcohol at his Standish home in September

An open verdict was recorded as assistant coroner Rachel Griffin said she was not convinced the Runshaw College IT student had intended to take his own life.

Mum Carole described her son as “an absolutely wonderful young man,” adding “I will miss him so much.”

The Bolton inquest heard the teen had been assessed by mental health professionals a month before his death. But he had been discharged, with experts, family and friends, stating he showed no significant signs of depression.

Mrs Griffin heard that Alessandro had been “grumbling” about his college timetable but had reassured his mum the night before he was found.

Mrs Ferro told the hearing she had noticed her son was quiet while the family were watching TV on the evening of September 9. Alessandro had said nothing was wrong and the pair had hugged.

He had gone to bed around 10pm and was found at about 7am the following morning, collapsed and unresponsive.

A post-mortem examination revealed a blood alcohol level of 143mg, almost twice the drink-drive limit.

Pathologist Dr Stephen Wells explained for someone of Alessandro’s age that level of alcohol intake would have “affected his thought process significantly” as the teen was not a regular drinker.

Police coroner’s officer Neil McCaffrey said three whisky bottles were found in the room, two empty and one half-empty, although the hearing had previously been told that Alessandro collected empty bottles of rare spirits.

Friends at Runshaw College in Leyland had not noticed any overt signs of depression in Alessandro, and the teen was a well-liked and well-respected student who was not bullied.

Mr McCaffrey said: “Most of his friends saw him on September 9, so they were in close contact with him and he was showing no signs of anxiety.

“He did have a bit of a grumble about his timetable but that was not unusual as most of his friends were also grumbling.”

An examination of Alessandro’s computer had revealed he had visited websites “relating to death and self-harm.”

And several undated hand-written notes which were found after his death showed he had penned a fictional narrative in which some characters dealt with similar issues.

Recording the verdict, Mrs Griffin said although she could be certain the teenager’s actions had led to his death, she could not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt he had meant to do so. She said: “There was a significant level of intoxication for his tolerance level and age. It would have affected his thought process and he would not have been thinking as clearly as he normally would have.”

Addressing Mrs Ferro, she said: “I am very, very sorry, it’s such a tragic loss of a young man with so much potential.

“That morning must have been very distressing.

“I ask for you to remember Alessandro as the young man who brought you lots of joy and joy to all those around him.”

The inquest was held at Bolton Coroner’s Court on Friday afternoon.