February 20, 2019
Dianne Gillibrand, Amber Peat's maternal grandmother, has told an inquest that the 13-year-old girl had no reason to commit suicide.
Amber, who died on June 2, 2015, cherished her mom and was very much taken care of, said Dianne, as reported by BBC.
"I don't think she meant to die because she loved her mum; always wanted to be with her mum and said 'when I grow up I'm going to live with my mum forever'."
Earlier, the inquest has heard how the teenager lamented to teachers about being beaten and made to do tasks, including being told to wash each pot in the kitchen and ordered to mop the floors.
As indicated by Dianne, Kelly and Daniel Peat, her daughter and son-in-law, punished Amber for awful conduct yet used to compensate her for good behavior as well.
"It's a reward and take away," she explained. "So when they did something good they would get rewards. Amber liked books so they would go to the bookshop and get some books."
Dianne added that another reward was going on a trip and that Amber was also commended.
"Take away, from what I can remember, was you would take away one toy or an outing was stopped, or there was a small chore to do like washing pots," the grandmother said.
The inquest has been informed that the school girl's stepfather forced her to wear "ridiculous" trousers to school to embarrass her and that she was woken up at 10.30 pm to complete errands.
However, Dianne insisted that her granddaughter had a good relationship with her stepfather and that she loved her mother so much.
"I don't think she meant to die because she loved her mum; always wanted to be with her mum and said 'when I grow up I'm going to live with my mum forever'," said Dianne.
On May 30, 2015, Amber stormed out of her home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She was found hanged in a hedgerow three days later.
Although police investigated Amber's passing, no criminal charges were brought. The investigation will proceed when her mom and stepfather are scheduled to present evidence.