After completing his three-year degree in mechanical engineering at Southampton University, Nicholas Turner, a 23-year-old student hung himself on the day of graduation.
After failing his college degree, a student took his own life on the day of his graduation ceremony leaving his family devastated. Following his three-year degree in mechanical engineering at Southampton University, Nicholas Turner, a 23-year-old student went home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent before this year's summer break.
The former Tonbridge School pupil had failed his degree and instead of informing his parents, he told them that he got a 2:1. On July 23, as his parents were getting ready to attend the university's graduation ceremony with Nicholas, he hung himself, reports The Sun.
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This week, the Maidstone Coroner's Court heard an inquest about how a neighbor saw his body hanging outside an upstairs window of his parents' house.
Soon after, his parents were alerted after 7 a.m. Describing the events of the previous day, his family told the court that Nicholas, who didn't show any signs of depression or distress, had prepared dinner for his parents and sister Matilda just the night before he decided to take his own life.
Geoff Turner, the father of the deceased revealed how he learned about his son's academic results after his death.
"He had taken on quite a challenging course in his education but had always done well or appeared to do well," said Geoff. Describing his son as a "popular and well-liked" kid, Geoff added that Nicholas was "self-sufficient" and did "not shirk a pressure to succeed."
The court heard that the 23-year-old had taken up a part-time job in a cafe following his return to his home. The inquest also heard Detective Sergeant Brian Smith, who revealed that paramedics immediately arrived on the scene after a neighbor and a passing pedestrian spotted the body on the upstairs bathroom. Unfortunately, they couldn't revive him.
Disclosing the results of the post-mortem examination, Coroner Geoffrey Smith said that there were no traces of drugs or alcohol in Nicholas' system when he took his life.
"Nicholas was a young man on the threshold of his life. He had finished university, with a degree or not, he appears to have kept the exact nature of certain parts of his life from his family. It's not for me to speculate," added Smith.
Unable to say for sure if the guilt of hiding the results from his family played a major role in his death or not, Smith "very regrettably" concluded that Nicholas, a keen hockey player, had died as a result of suicide.