A NEW Zealand coroner is calling for a law against text and cyber bullying in the wake of a 15-year-old girl's death after receiving "extraordinarily abusive" texts from an ex-boyfriend's wife.
Rotorua schoolgirl Hayley Ann Fenton died in hospital in July 2009, after intentionally taking her father's heart pills, four days after her 27-year-old boyfriend, Pelesasa Tuimalu, ended their five-month relationship via text message.
Coroner Wallace Bain says Miss Fenton took the pills because of "vicious, bullying texts" from Tuimalu's estranged wife, Elima Tuimalu, including a barrage of abuse on July 16 which read: "Stop f***en texting my husband you ugly bitch or I'll f***en smash your face".
Miss Fenton sent a text message to Mr Tuimalu in the early afternoon of July 17, saying she had taken her father's medication, but minutes later said she no longer wanted to die and could he take her to hospital.
Two hours later, Mrs Tuimalu responded, saying: "Don't text me again just f*** off I don't care if you kill yourself I not even like you arsehole".
About 4.30pm that day, Miss Fenton asked her family for help.
She died in Rotorua Hospital the following day.