Kells Rugby Ace Killed Himself After False Rape Accusation

A YOUNG rugby player falsely accused of rape was found hanged in his garden shed.

Luke King, of Lincoln Road, Whitehaven, died on May 23 after he had been receiving treatment for depression and drugs, an inquest heard.

The 23-year-old, who had “dark moments’’ was discovered by his sister, Maegan King.

Ms King told the inquest her brother had become a changed character after he was falsely accused of rape four years ago. He was initially detained, without charge, and released after two days.

The coroner, Dr Nicholas Shaw, heard that Mr King, who worked as a postman, then began binge drinking “to block things out’’, but would also keep fit by playing rugby.


Mr King, he said, had been “normal" before the false accusation but had been “severely changed and was clearly anxious and paranoid. The drugs may have worsen his fears."

Summing up, Dr Shaw added: “This was a young life wasted. It is very sad."

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