investigation into the death of a teenager Molly Russell was delayed by legal arguments as the coroner insisted he had not forgotten her “grieving” family.

The investigation into the death of the 14-year-old boy was supposed to begin in North London The coroner’s court in Barnett on Tuesday – nearly five years after she ended her life.

Pray, from Ramnorth-west Londonwas known to have viewed material related to anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide before her death in November 2017, prompting her family to campaign for better online safety.

Earlier hearings heard how the 14-year-old had engaged in tens of thousands of social media posts in the six months before her death, including content that “raised concerns”.

Molly’s father was due to give a pen portrait of his daughter on Tuesday, but a court argument over media access to documents in the inquest delayed the proceedings until Wednesday.

Coroner Andrew Walker expressed concern that the publication of certain social media posts the teenager had made before his death could have a negative impact on the author.

“It’s just a matter of ensuring that if there’s material that could affect the author … we look at it carefully,” he said.

Molly Russell (Family/PA Handout)

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Addressing the delays at the end of the day’s hearing, the coroner said: “It is very difficult for families at inquests such as this when there are many legal issues to discuss.

“At the center of every investigation is a grieving family, and that’s something I haven’t forgotten despite ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​» Through“

The court previously heard how on Twitter, Molly had tweeted or retweeted 460 times, liked 4,100 tweets, followed 116 accounts and had 42 followers.

She was a much more active user of Pinterest, with more than 15,000 shares, including 3,000 saves, in the last six months of her life.

Molly did not have a Facebook profile.

But in the last six months of her life, she posted on Instagram an average of about 130 times a day.

This included 3,500 posts during that time, as well as 11,000 likes and 5,000 saves.

Discussions between lawyers representing Molly’s relatives, social media giants Meta and Pinterest and the media are due to resume on Wednesday.


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