Inquest delays for teenagers who died while in the care of Sunderland social services

The house where Sarah Clerkson, 14, who was found hanged in a bedroom after a party.
The house where Sarah Clerkson, 14, who was found hanged in a bedroom after a party.
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INQUESTS into the deaths of two Sunderland teenagers who died last year cannot take place for several months.

Sunderland City Council is still working on serious case reviews for Danielle Formosa and Sarah Clerkson, a court was told.

The girls, both 14, died within weeks of each other in December, 2013.

Each was in the care of Sunderland social services.

An inquest review hearing at the Coroner’s Court in Crook, County Durham, into the death of Danielle was told the council’s report should be completed within a month.

A separate review hearing into the death of Sarah was told the council’s report into her case should also be ready within weeks.

Durham Coroner Andrew Tweddle ordered further reviews to take place on January 12, next year.

It is expected the coroner may be able to set a date for full hearings at the next reviews.

The two girls were both from Sunderland, and it is understood they communicated with each other on Facebook.

Sarah, originally from Witherwack, had been in the care of a foster family.

She was found hanged in a bedroom of a house in Spennymoor, County Durham, where a party had been taking place.

Danielle, a pupil of St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy in Sunderland, was found dead at East Farmhouse children’s home near Consett, County Durham.

In June of this year, Kevin Palmer, a 40-year-old Sunderland man of no fixed abode, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexually abusing Danielle when she was 13 years old.