Pembrokeshire mum prepares legal fight over teenage son's tragic death

Kristina Wray with her son Derek Brundrett.

MARATHON MAN: Derek Brundrett’s godfather Paul Johnston-Naylor with Derek’s mum Kristina Wray and brothers Tony and Ryan.

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THE mother of a 14-year-old boy who was found hanged at Pembroke School is pursuing legal action against Pembrokeshire County Council.

Derek Brundrett, who had been in the authority’s care since April 2012, was found in a small wooded area near the school reception by his friends last December.

His mum, Kristina Wray, has been granted legal aid to take the council to court.

She said: “This is about looking at how they failed Derek in the system, it’s about where they should have given him support but didn’t.

“There were so many flaws in Derek’s care. There was a complete lack of support and no referrals when there were things they could have done.”

She told the Western Telegraph Derek had previously attempted suicide, had a history of self-harming which had been overlooked and attempts to get him help failed because he “did not meet the criteria”.

“There was something wrong with Derek mentally, aside from all the teenage hormones,” said Kristina.

“I put it to the social services that he needed help, again this was overlooked. There are a lot of questions which need to be answered.”

The next step is for Derek’s inquest to be heard under article two of the European Court of Human Rights which would ask “whether the authorities knew, or ought to have known, of a real and immediate risk to the life of an individual and that they failed to take measures which could have avoided that risk”.

Following his tragic death, more than 1,200 people joined a dedicated Facebook page and people were asked to post ideas for a project in his memory.

Kristina and others have since been working on Dezza’s Cabin, a place for young people to access advice on bullying and self harm, as well as counselling services.

“I just want to get this cabin sorted, I want to try to move on with my life, to get the kids what they need and try to get answers from the council,” she said.

“At the moment I take each day as it comes, I get up and do what I need to do and go to bed again.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said the council was “unable to comment as the matter is currently before HM Coroner”.

Marathon boost to Dezza's Cabin fund

On Sunday (July 13) Derek’s godfather Paul Johnston-Naylor, 36, completed the marathon leg of the Tenby Long Course Weekend in 4hrs28, raising more than £1,600 in aid of Dezza’s Cabin.

Kristina, who is hoping the scheme will be up and running by Christmas, said: “The amount of support we’ve had over the last couple of months has been unbelievable. Everybody wants to help, absolutely everybody."

 

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7:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gogledd says...

Very sad for your dreadful loss. Good luck.
Very sad for your dreadful loss. Good luck. Gogledd
  • Score: 10

8:28pm Wed 16 Jul 14

teifion says...

It always angered me when the head teacher commented that NO ONE should say anything until an investigation was complete - what did he say? It wasn't due to bullying - so what is that IF NOT COMMENTING?

Surely he must have been advised to be so "obvious" by the useless PCC press office?
It always angered me when the head teacher commented that NO ONE should say anything until an investigation was complete - what did he say? It wasn't due to bullying - so what is that IF NOT COMMENTING? Surely he must have been advised to be so "obvious" by the useless PCC press office? teifion
  • Score: 3

10:30am Thu 17 Jul 14

Pembs25 says...

Such a sad loss.. I hope Dezzas cabin is a great success!

Although I feel the need to raise the issue that if this woman was so concerned for her sons saftey and welfare and was fulfilling her role as a mother why was her son in care in the first place?

There are always two sides to every story.
Such a sad loss.. I hope Dezzas cabin is a great success! Although I feel the need to raise the issue that if this woman was so concerned for her sons saftey and welfare and was fulfilling her role as a mother why was her son in care in the first place? There are always two sides to every story. Pembs25
  • Score: 11

7:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Rockface says...

Pembs25 wrote:
Such a sad loss.. I hope Dezzas cabin is a great success!

Although I feel the need to raise the issue that if this woman was so concerned for her sons saftey and welfare and was fulfilling her role as a mother why was her son in care in the first place?

There are always two sides to every story.
What a completely judgemental comment!
[quote][p][bold]Pembs25[/bold] wrote: Such a sad loss.. I hope Dezzas cabin is a great success! Although I feel the need to raise the issue that if this woman was so concerned for her sons saftey and welfare and was fulfilling her role as a mother why was her son in care in the first place? There are always two sides to every story.[/p][/quote]What a completely judgemental comment! Rockface
  • Score: -6

1:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Tracy Naughton says...

Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation
Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation Tracy Naughton
  • Score: -2

5:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Pembs25 says...

Tracy Naughton wrote:
Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation
Lets be honest here though.. Your child doesn't get out into care if your a good mother.. It's not judgemental. It's the truth.
[quote][p][bold]Tracy Naughton[/bold] wrote: Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation[/p][/quote]Lets be honest here though.. Your child doesn't get out into care if your a good mother.. It's not judgemental. It's the truth. Pembs25
  • Score: 5

5:31pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Pembs25 says...

*put
*put Pembs25
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

Pembs25 wrote:
Tracy Naughton wrote:
Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation
Lets be honest here though.. Your child doesn't get out into care if your a good mother.. It's not judgemental. It's the truth.
Dont make judgements until you know all the circumstances, children can go into care at the parents request. So judge not but wait and see.
[quote][p][bold]Pembs25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tracy Naughton[/bold] wrote: Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation[/p][/quote]Lets be honest here though.. Your child doesn't get out into care if your a good mother.. It's not judgemental. It's the truth.[/p][/quote]Dont make judgements until you know all the circumstances, children can go into care at the parents request. So judge not but wait and see. seaveiw
  • Score: -2

6:33pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Tracy Naughton says...

Pembs25 wrote:
Tracy Naughton wrote:
Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation
Lets be honest here though.. Your child doesn't get out into care if your a good mother.. It's not judgemental. It's the truth.
You have no clue as to what's gone on so you should not open your big mouth on something you have no knowledge of
[quote][p][bold]Pembs25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tracy Naughton[/bold] wrote: Don't think people realise it's not always the parents choice or fault for the children to go into care just hope your not ever put in this situation[/p][/quote]Lets be honest here though.. Your child doesn't get out into care if your a good mother.. It's not judgemental. It's the truth.[/p][/quote]You have no clue as to what's gone on so you should not open your big mouth on something you have no knowledge of Tracy Naughton
  • Score: -3

9:14pm Fri 18 Jul 14

stevedavis says...

The mother was in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship over many years when that ended mum and dad continued to play games. The children were exposed to drugs, drink and violence. So she's absolutely right when she says there was "something was wrong aside from the teenage hormones".
The mother was in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship over many years when that ended mum and dad continued to play games. The children were exposed to drugs, drink and violence. So she's absolutely right when she says there was "something was wrong aside from the teenage hormones". stevedavis
  • Score: 5

10:13pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

I totally agree with Pembs 25!!! Why was the child even in care?! And stevedavis is right! Even the mother came forward at the time and said it was NOT a result of bullying! Then what was it???!!!!
I totally agree with Pembs 25!!! Why was the child even in care?! And stevedavis is right! Even the mother came forward at the time and said it was NOT a result of bullying! Then what was it???!!!! Ella***
  • Score: 5

10:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

teifion says...

Ella*** wrote:
I totally agree with Pembs 25!!! Why was the child even in care?! And stevedavis is right! Even the mother came forward at the time and said it was NOT a result of bullying! Then what was it???!!!!
Surely we all hope our children are as safe in community care as they are with their own parents OR are you saying it doesn't matter quite so much so long as the greedy pieces of scum that run our council are well paid - can you guarantee that your kids will die too IF you die in a dreaadul accident or of you and your partner are told that t]you will die in the next month from cancer - GROW UP FOR FS!
[quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Pembs 25!!! Why was the child even in care?! And stevedavis is right! Even the mother came forward at the time and said it was NOT a result of bullying! Then what was it???!!!![/p][/quote]Surely we all hope our children are as safe in community care as they are with their own parents OR are you saying it doesn't matter quite so much so long as the greedy pieces of scum that run our council are well paid - can you guarantee that your kids will die too IF you die in a dreaadul accident or of you and your partner are told that t]you will die in the next month from cancer - GROW UP FOR FS! teifion
  • Score: -5

10:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite! Ella***
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

Sorry I left this is the wrong section .. And that's why I feel like this!!!
Sorry I left this is the wrong section .. And that's why I feel like this!!! Ella***
  • Score: -1

10:37pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

teifion wrote:
Ella*** wrote:
I totally agree with Pembs 25!!! Why was the child even in care?! And stevedavis is right! Even the mother came forward at the time and said it was NOT a result of bullying! Then what was it???!!!!
Surely we all hope our children are as safe in community care as they are with their own parents OR are you saying it doesn't matter quite so much so long as the greedy pieces of scum that run our council are well paid - can you guarantee that your kids will die too IF you die in a dreaadul accident or of you and your partner are told that t]you will die in the next month from cancer - GROW UP FOR FS!
No Teifion what I am saying, is that unlike a child who may have been placed in care for the tragic death or one or both parents therefor something beyond said child's parents control, and that this child had two living parents! And was put in care! How is bringing Cancer into the equation even comparable?! What an idiotic comparison! 'Grow up FFS' ? How very grown up.
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Pembs 25!!! Why was the child even in care?! And stevedavis is right! Even the mother came forward at the time and said it was NOT a result of bullying! Then what was it???!!!![/p][/quote]Surely we all hope our children are as safe in community care as they are with their own parents OR are you saying it doesn't matter quite so much so long as the greedy pieces of scum that run our council are well paid - can you guarantee that your kids will die too IF you die in a dreaadul accident or of you and your partner are told that t]you will die in the next month from cancer - GROW UP FOR FS![/p][/quote]No Teifion what I am saying, is that unlike a child who may have been placed in care for the tragic death or one or both parents therefor something beyond said child's parents control, and that this child had two living parents! And was put in care! How is bringing Cancer into the equation even comparable?! What an idiotic comparison! 'Grow up FFS' ? How very grown up. Ella***
  • Score: 1

10:46pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

Oh and Teifion for the record I believe the state of affairs in PCC is entirely inadequate. So this is NOT in their defence. Maybe they could have done more... Neither you nor I know the answer to that.
Oh and Teifion for the record I believe the state of affairs in PCC is entirely inadequate. So this is NOT in their defence. Maybe they could have done more... Neither you nor I know the answer to that. Ella***
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Pembs25 says...

Ella*** wrote:
Oh and Teifion for the record I believe the state of affairs in PCC is entirely inadequate. So this is NOT in their defence. Maybe they could have done more... Neither you nor I know the answer to that.
Here here.. Finally someone in the real world!!
[quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: Oh and Teifion for the record I believe the state of affairs in PCC is entirely inadequate. So this is NOT in their defence. Maybe they could have done more... Neither you nor I know the answer to that.[/p][/quote]Here here.. Finally someone in the real world!! Pembs25
  • Score: 3

5:25pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Tracy Naughton says...

Ella*** wrote:
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
NO YOU DID NOT KNOW SEREN, nobody did !!!!
And as for saying things about her mum shut up because you really don't have a clue
[quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite![/p][/quote]NO YOU DID NOT KNOW SEREN, nobody did !!!! And as for saying things about her mum shut up because you really don't have a clue Tracy Naughton
  • Score: -6

11:41pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

Tracy Naughton wrote:
Ella*** wrote:
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
NO YOU DID NOT KNOW SEREN, nobody did !!!!
And as for saying things about her mum shut up because you really don't have a clue
How on earth can you say that I did not know Seren?! You clearly aren't very clever as you've no idea who I am! In fact I knew her very very well. I have more of a 'clue' than you do clearly!
[quote][p][bold]Tracy Naughton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite![/p][/quote]NO YOU DID NOT KNOW SEREN, nobody did !!!! And as for saying things about her mum shut up because you really don't have a clue[/p][/quote]How on earth can you say that I did not know Seren?! You clearly aren't very clever as you've no idea who I am! In fact I knew her very very well. I have more of a 'clue' than you do clearly! Ella***
  • Score: 1

8:35am Mon 21 Jul 14

Tracy Naughton says...

Ella*** wrote:
Tracy Naughton wrote:
Ella*** wrote:
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
NO YOU DID NOT KNOW SEREN, nobody did !!!!
And as for saying things about her mum shut up because you really don't have a clue
How on earth can you say that I did not know Seren?! You clearly aren't very clever as you've no idea who I am! In fact I knew her very very well. I have more of a 'clue' than you do clearly!
Not bothered about who you are but don't you dare drag Serens name into this,and if you where that informed then perhaps you have spoken to the correct people and not posting things on public web sites
[quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tracy Naughton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite![/p][/quote]NO YOU DID NOT KNOW SEREN, nobody did !!!! And as for saying things about her mum shut up because you really don't have a clue[/p][/quote]How on earth can you say that I did not know Seren?! You clearly aren't very clever as you've no idea who I am! In fact I knew her very very well. I have more of a 'clue' than you do clearly![/p][/quote]Not bothered about who you are but don't you dare drag Serens name into this,and if you where that informed then perhaps you have spoken to the correct people and not posting things on public web sites Tracy Naughton
  • Score: -1

9:12am Mon 21 Jul 14

teifion says...

girls, wrong time,wrong place,wrong story - show some respect for both families
girls, wrong time,wrong place,wrong story - show some respect for both families teifion
  • Score: 6

11:17am Thu 24 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

teifion wrote:
girls, wrong time,wrong place,wrong story - show some respect for both families
entirely agree sounds like a playground discussion, girls leave it now this girl obviously had a big problem to take her life, whatever the cause
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: girls, wrong time,wrong place,wrong story - show some respect for both families[/p][/quote]entirely agree sounds like a playground discussion, girls leave it now this girl obviously had a big problem to take her life, whatever the cause seaveiw
  • Score: 1

11:21am Thu 24 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

Ella*** wrote:
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
i thought the discussion started around another child in care ella
[quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite![/p][/quote]i thought the discussion started around another child in care ella seaveiw
  • Score: 1

11:21am Thu 24 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

Ella*** wrote:
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
i thought the discussion started around another child in care ella
[quote][p][bold]Ella***[/bold] wrote: Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite![/p][/quote]i thought the discussion started around another child in care ella seaveiw
  • Score: 0

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