Twin sisters 'took their own lives after fearing police did not believe they had both been sexually abused'

Twin sisters 'took their own lives after fearing police did not believe they had both been sexually abused'



An inquest has heard how twin sisters took their own lives four months apart, fearing their claims of long-term sexual abuse were ‘not believed’.


Chris Gould, 17, and her twin sister Sam, from Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire were left feeling ‘invalidated’ after police said they would not be prosecuting in the wake of their sexual allegations.



The siblings said their abuse began when they were as young as eight and continued into their teens but Police closed the case in October 2016 due to a ‘lack of admissible evidence’, even though their parents showed concerns after learning the suspect had never been interviewed.



The investigation was reopened as recently as September last year after new evidence came to light, but this was after the sisters’ deaths.


Sam’s inquest in April, heard how she took her own life aged 16 in September 2018 after stockpiling prescription drugs.



On Monday, May 17, a hearing inquest at Huntingdon Town Hall was opened into the death of Chris, who was found dead beside railway tracks in Teversham, Cambridgeshire in January 2019, having suffered serious injuries to her brain and chest.



The inquest heard that in June 2016, Chris first disclosed that she and her sister had been ‘seriously sexually abused’ from around 2007.


Her parents, Jane Cannon and Ian Gould, said they were ‘not in any doubt’ of the abuse and said it was ‘the root cause of Chris’s mental health problems’.


Sam’s inquest last month heard that she had been diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder, which was related to allegations.



At the inquest, Mrs Cannon said her daughters were clearly beginning to struggle from the age of around 11 years old, as they entered their last year of primary school. Things were a lot worse for both of them at around 14 years old, with Chris experiencing eating difficulties, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.Latest Post Follow us on Google newsTwitter and on Facebook
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