A TEENAGE girl took her own life after suffering a period of abuse by her brother, an inquest has found.

Tahmina Khayer, 17, a college student from Worthing, died on October 26 last year after going on to the railway tracks at East Worthing Station.

At the inquest, held at Crawley Coroner’s Court on Monday, West Sussex senior coroner Penelope Schofield said: “I don’t think anyone here can think of this as anything other than a tragedy.

“It was clear she was suffering abuse from her brother Mahfouz, who was clearly mentally ill.

“Tahmina appears to always have put others before herself as in the note she left behind, she asked for some of her own savings to be given to charity.

“Failings in the system caused unnecessary delays to getting her help.

“The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) do need to carry out a robust review now and it is clear that West Sussex County Council has taken this case seriously and are planning a case review.

“Tahmina was crying out for help for a very long period of time and it will never be known whether an earlier intervention would have stopped her death.”

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide and concluded Ms Khayer, of Ham Road, Worthing, appeared to feel “she had no way out other than to take her own life”. She expressed her condolences to the family.

The inquest found Ms Khayer died from multiple injuries. A toxicology report was found to be negative.

Ms Khayer’s brother was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and Sussex Police had attended the family’s home on a number of occasions to deal with reports of disturbances, the inquest heard.

In a statement read by her family liaison officer, PC Billy Burstow, from the British Transport Police, Ms Khayer’s sister Tashlima Khayer said: “I love my sister and miss her so much.

“My sister loved to be creative and draw all day or go skateboarding and spend time with her friends.

“She wasn’t given help and support and this was a lot of responsibility for her, being so young.

“My brother has mental health issues that are well documented and there were a number of issues involving my brother and sister.”