A student took his own life on the day he was due to attend his graduation ceremony after failing his degree.
Nicholas Turner, 23, returned to the family home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, just before summer this year after completing a three-year degree in mechanical engineering at Southampton University.
A former pupil at the prestigious Tonbridge School, Nicholas had not told his parents that he had failed his degree, instead telling them he had got a 2:1.
On July 23, the day of the university graduation ceremony – which his parents were getting ready to attend with him – he hanged himself.
Nicholas Turner, 23, took his own life at his parents’ home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent on the day he was supposed to graduate
An inquest at Maidstone Coroner’s Court heard this week how his body was spotted hanging outside his parents’ house by neighbours.
They alerted Nicholas’ parents just after 7am.
The court heard how Nicholas has made dinner for his family the night before he took his own life and that he had not appeared to be depressed.
Father Geoff Turner told the inquest that he only found out that his son had failed his degree after his death, adding: ‘He had taken on quite a challenging course in his education but had always done well or appeared to do well.’
He described his son as ‘popular and well-liked ‘ but also ‘self sufficient’ and he said Nicholas did ‘not shirk a pressure to succeed’.
He told his parents he’d got a 2:1 in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University (pictured), but he’d actually failed
Detective Sergeant Brian Smith said the student’s body was spotted outside an upstairs bathroom by a neighbour and passing pedestrian on July 23.
Despite efforts to revive him paramedics were unable to save his life, he said.
A post-mortem examination revealed there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in his death.
Coroner Geoffrey Smith told the inquest: ‘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.’
Mr Smith was unable to say whether guilt had played a part and concluded ‘very regrettably’ that Nicholas had died as a result of suicide.
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