Teenage Audi mechanic ‘committed suicide after colleagues set him on fire and locked him in a cage’ – Telegraph.co.uk
Miss Adams said he was worried that his girlfriend was going to leave him but would not speak about the failing relationship as he claimed this made him prone to panic attacks and suicidal thoughts.
Michelle Mbayiwa who conducted a review into the mental health trust’s conduct after George’s death, said that the 18-year-old was still waiting for his appointment with a counsellor when he died.
She said that four to six weeks waiting time was normal for a patient deemed by psychiatrists as at “moderate risk”, but believed this assessment should have been upgraded when George told of his previous suicide attempts.
George’s line manager, Simon Wright, who admitted to playing a number of pranks on George, told the inquest: “I was in the workshop when a prank was played on George and he was set on fire.
“It did not go too far. We knew where to draw the line,” he said.
“It was not bullying.”
He said that several of the things he had done to George, such as locking him in the boot of a car and hosing him down with a pressure cleaner, were things most of the apprentices were subjected to and that they would always be laughing at the end.
The dealership’s manager, Terry Kindeleit, giving evidence at the inquest, told the coroner that some of the pranks were “in response to George’s behaviour such as being cheeky or lippy”, but added that his personal makeup would not allow him to turn a blind eye to anything inappropriate.