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Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by redfly(m): 6:06pm On Jun 16, 2015
16 June 2015 11:05

Ronan Hughes died less than two weeks ago
The parents of a County Tyrone teenager who took his own life have said a Nigerian gang was blackmailing him over intimate photographs.

Gerard and Teresa Hughes said the gang demanded more than £3,000 from their son, Ronan, and then sent images of him to his friends on social media.

Speaking to the Irish News, they criticised police "inaction" after the 17-year-old revealed what was going on.

Police said they hoped to meet the family to discuss their concerns.

Det Ch Supt Brian Hanna said: "Our enquiries are continuing into what will be a complex and protracted investigation, and we will keep the family informed of any progress as appropriate.

"The office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is also best placed to deal with any complaints in relation to police actions."

'Relentless'

Ronan's parents told the newspaper that his death, less than two weeks ago, could have been prevented.

At the time, it was believed the Coalisland teenager was tricked into posting pictures online, and police said they are investigating whether he was being blackmailed.

Speaking for the first time since their son's death on 5 June, the couple described their son's online blackmailers as "relentless".

They said he was being blackmailed over images he posted online after receiving photographs from a girl.

His mother said: "We want there to be changes so if a child out there is being bullied online they can go to the police or other authorities with their concerns.

"We don't want another family to go through what we've gone through."

Ronan's parents told the Irish News that their son, a pupil at St Joseph's Grammar in Donaghmore, had confided in them three days before his death about a fake Facebook account.

He said the blackmailers said they would send the images to his online friends unless he paid £3,300 within 48 hours.

Ronan died just hours after learning that his blackmailers had carried out their threat.

'Worried'

His parents believe he would still be alive if his case had been treated more urgently by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

"His biggest worry was that his friends would see these images, " Mr Hughes said.

But when he took his son to Dungannon police station, they were told there was only one officer on duty.

"A policeman said to us there was very little they could do as he was there on his own that night.

"He scribbled down a few notes and told us to ignore the blackmail. He told us to come back the next morning.

"I knew Ronan was looking for help and I told him that all my son wanted is for these images not to be posted. He told us that he couldn't guarantee that. For Ronan, it was totally dismissive."

He said if the police had given Ronan an assurance that they would close the site down, he "would still be here today".

They returned to the police station the next day where they spent several hours and Ronan's phone was taken.

However, they heard nothing more from the police.

The Nigerian site was closed within two days of the tragedy.

source

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-33146537

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Bonapart(m): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
The police acted like Nigeria police...
May God save our image. for us here in Europe is not easy because of discrimination against Nigerians

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Nobody: 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
Not Good at all...
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by pretydiva(f): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
Dis is terrible
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by pretydiva(f): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
Bonapart:
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contunu

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by veekid(m): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
Ok
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by phiszo(m): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
kk

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Emekamex(m): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
RIP. Nigerians need to start becoming better ambassadors.

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by celeron40(m): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
And so? What of the Nigerian teens killed in the U.K every year by gangs?

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Princenady(m): 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by dammytosh: 8:42pm On Jun 16, 2015
That is silly.

Why will he committ suicide ?

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Nobody: 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
sorry...I have no sympathy. If because of pictures a 17yr old takes his life then something is wrong some where. The people i even have sympathy for are the gang members. Assuming they knew the boy would take his life they may not have blackmailed him, but now they'll be stuck with the guilt for the rest of their lives.

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Nobody: 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
Bonapart:
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You sha....
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Royver(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
First to comm-

Damn it! HOW DID YOU GUYS COMMENT BEFORE ME? angry angry angry angry angry

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Ragner(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
This Guy is an !d!0t.... Sorry to say

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by pansophist(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
All this oyinbo pikin wey their mind soft like bread. Suicide is not the answer.

RIP

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Neyo230(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
Too BAD cry cry
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by LordEmperoris1(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
.,,
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Slymonster(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
nigeria which way.....
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Lasgidy1(m): 8:43pm On Jun 16, 2015
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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by mysticgal(f): 8:44pm On Jun 16, 2015
he no get work.try that with a Nigerian fella and get beaten up by unknown thugsundecided

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Kjking(m): 8:44pm On Jun 16, 2015
lol..... I'm I the only one finding this funny

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Nobody: 8:44pm On Jun 16, 2015
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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Ragner(m): 8:44pm On Jun 16, 2015
celeron40:
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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by kritikali(m): 8:44pm On Jun 16, 2015
Online bully u say? I smell yahoo yahoo.

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by oluwafemi113(m): 8:45pm On Jun 16, 2015
Too bad
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Ademat7(m): 8:45pm On Jun 16, 2015
Speechless!
Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by archangel101(m): 8:45pm On Jun 16, 2015
Y are Nigerians like dis? undecided

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by Mckandre(m): 8:45pm On Jun 16, 2015
Oyibo and these bad chemicals wey dem they drink... see small pikin done learn suicide, soon pikin wey dey for belle no go need abortion again na him mama placenta he go carry hang body.
RIP.

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Re: Irish Teen Blackmailed By Nigerian Gang Commits Suicide by buzquet(m): 8:45pm On Jun 16, 2015
Nigerians always on headlines 4 wrong reasons

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