May 2018

Girl, 16, who was abused by her stepdad ‘called 999 to report her own suicide’

A teenager who was abused by her stepfather called 999 to report her own suicide before being hit by a train, an inquest heard.

Her stepfather Brett Connell, 36, of Clare Way in Sevenoaks was jailed for a total of nine years in April after being convicted of 13 sexual offences.

Georgia Walsh, 16, called 999 from her mobile shortly before she was hit by a train at Dunton Green Station.

DC Nikki Blaydon from the British Transport Police said that colleagues at Costa Coffee said Georgia had said she would not be going home that night – but did not know what she meant.

A colleague received three WhatsApp messages, apologising and saying, ‘This is likely going to put a lot of stress on you and the store.’

A suicide note found in Georgia’s coat said, ‘Make sure that bastard rots in Hell for what he has done. ‘Mum, please call Dad (her natural father). Tell him everything but let him know how much I loved him. ‘I miss our walks at the park and I miss him. I love you Dad.’

Coroner Roger Hatch delivered a conclusion of suicide at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone.

Georgia said Connell had kissed her, touched her breasts and also touched her genitals.

The abuse only stopped when she allegedly caught him trying to take a picture of her in the shower.

She spoke of how South African-born Connell molested her while tucking her in bed at night when she was aged 13 or 14. ‘I knew that it was wrong and I was just scared and didn’t know what to do. That’s when I was really confused,’ she told officers.

‘I just didn’t know what to do and couldn’t tell anyone and just had to stay silent. That’s when I started withdrawing from everyone. ‘I started withdrawing from my friends. I was scared and wouldn’t talk to them.

My teachers would say ‘There’s something strange about Georgia’ but I wouldn’t tell anyone. I just became withdrawn.’

Connell was sentenced to a total of five years’ jail for the offences against Georgia and four years’ custody for eight offences, each to run consecutively and making an overall total of nine years.

He was made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and must sign on the sex offender register for life upon his release