Tragic death of bright teen

News story - (below) Ellis Molyneux
News story - (below) Ellis Molyneux

A TRAGIC Wigan teenager hanged himself after a three-day party, an inquest heard.

Ellis Molyneux of Bombay Road, Marsh Green, was found dead in fields just off Wigan Road, Aspull last December.

Ellis Molyneux

Ellis Molyneux

This was after he spent three days after Christmas at a friend’s party on nearby Scot Lane.

Bolton Coroner’s Court heard how the 19-year-old was more than double the drink-drive limit at the time of his death. A pathology report also found traces of cannabis and a synthetic stimulant drug in his system.

The hearing was told how this may have affected his behaviour, mood and judgement at the time of his death.

Starting his career as an engineer, the teenager became withdrawn after a motorbike accident when he was just 17.

As a result, he had to undergo surgery for serious injuries caused by the crash.

Dad, Simon Molyneux, of Aspull, said: “The collision definitely knocked the spark out of him.”

Ellis lost his job as an engineering apprentice shortly after the accident. But he continued to complete engineering work with his dad.

Describing Ellis as bright and clever, Mr Molyneux added: “He was great and so brilliant at the job. He was really good to work with.”

The teenager spent Christmas Day with his family before heading to a friend’s party. He left at around 5.30am on December 29 and was found by a passer-by later that same morning.

Step-mum Shirley Molyneux also paid tribute to the youngster.

She said: “He was such a special, caring, lovely and beautiful boy who is missed every single day.

“On behalf of the family we would like to thank the police and everybody who dealt with the case, they were all fantastic and so lovely.

“If Ellis was here now he would apologise to the people who found him. He wouldn’t want to inflict any pain on anybody.”

Recording an open verdict, Coroner Alan Walsh issued a warning about the use of drugs.

He said: “I think drugs have a lot to answer for in terms of affecting a person’s judgement.”

He added: “The highs and lows of the drugs can be catastrophic. They’re a major problem and major evil in society. So if there is any gain to come from this sad tragedy is to warn people about these drugs.”