THE family of tragic schoolgirl Amber Peat have arrived in court as an inquest rules over her death.
Amber, 13, was found hanged in bushes near her home in Mansfield, West Mids, after going storming out during a row with her parents.
Enterprise News and Pictures An inquest is exploring the circumstances of schoolgirl Amber Peat’s death in May 2015
Her parents waited nearly eight hours before reporting her missing in the early hours of the morning on May 31 2015.
Amber’s mum Kelly and stepdad Danny Peat have been quizzed throughout the long hearing after it was heard they went to the supermarket, out for dinner and to the car wash before calling cops.
Earlier in the hearing, the schoolgirl’s biological dad Adrian Cook accused Mr Peat of treating his daughter’s inquest “as a joke”.
All three parents looked solemn as they arrived with loved ones for the final day of the hearing this morning.FORCED TO MOP THE FLOOR
Amber’s teachers gave evidence during the second week of the inquest and described a few incidents involving the teen and her stepdad.
She had alleged that Mr Peat had woken her up late at night and forced her to mop the floor as a punishment for failing to do chores, meaning she couldn’t go to bed until 1.30am.
Amber was also made to wear jogging bottoms to school after forgetting to put her school trousers in the wash despite having another clean pair, the inquest Nottingham Coroner’s Court heard.
When asked by assistant coroner Laurinda Bower why he found disciplining Amber difficult, Mr Peat said: “The accusations and the attention-seeking.”
Ms Bower said: “What you are saying is that Amber is lying about you,” to which Mr Peat said: “Yes.”
He added: “It wasn’t just about me, ma’am. There were other accusations about a teacher, there were accusations about her biological father, saying that he had hit her – so yes, she did say lies.”
Asked why she may have made up stories, Mr Peat said: “I don’t know, ma’am. I would ask her why and she would say, ‘I don’t know’.”
I just thought she was close by, hiding and watching. We just expected her to walk back up.Danny Peat
Asked why he and Mrs Peat had waited so long to call the police, he said: “There were several reasons. We still expected her to turn up.
“There was a party at the end of the road and both Kelly and I thought we saw Amber down the road.
“I just thought she was close by, hiding and watching. We just expected her to walk back up.
“What we said was the truth, ma’am, and it wasn’t until that time that we were all really worried and called the police.”
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An earlier hearing heard the family had moved 11 times and relocated to Mansfield over concerns Amber may have been targeted by a child molester.
On the day of her disappearance she had rowed with stepdad after returning from a family holiday in Cornwall, the inquest previously heard.
During the trip there had been “lots of arguments” and she had been banned from going to the beach, DC Tina Detective constable Tina Gilfoyle said.
The inquest will conclude today.
Caters News Agency Amber’s stepdad Danny Peat arrives at Nottingham Coroner’s Court for the final day of the inquest
Getty Images – Getty Amber’s mum Kelly was also seen making her way into the court this morning
Caters News Agency Adrian Cook arrives at Nottingham Coroner’s Court this morning
PA:Press Association/PA Images Amber vanished for three days before police found her
Enterprise News and Pictures Amber stormed out of her home in Mansfield, West Mids, following a clash with her stepdad
Paul Tonge – The Sun Amber’s mum Kelly Peat breaks down as they appeal for information just after she went missing in Mansfield, in 2015
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