University of Sussex student hangs himself from banister after getting 'disappointing' exam results
Reports state that the exam results came out on July 12 and the subsequent day a friend of Aryal forced his way into his house in Brighton to find him hanging inside
A student at the University of Sussex reportedly hanged himself just a day after his examination results were out, an inquest heard on Monday. The 19-year-old student, identified as Rajiv Aryal, was studying astrophysics at the university, however, he was "disappointed" with his results, according to his girlfriend Ellen Robinson.
Reports state that the exam results came out on July 12 and the subsequent day, a friend of Aryal forced his way into his house in Brighton to find him hanging inside, the Daily Mail reported. His friends and girlfriend grew concerned after not having heard from him the entire day. The friend immediately called the emergency service, however, the 19-year-old was pronounced dead at his home, a coroner said during the inquest.
University friend Connor Wakefield decided to head to Rajiv’s house himself later that night after not hearing from him all day. After failing to enter the locked front door, he managed to find some open sliding doors around the back of the building in Halland Road, Brighton. He turned on a few lights after getting inside and found Rajiv hanging from the banister at 9.40 pm.
The coroner, Catharine Palmer, said that Aryal's death appeared to be "a deliberate act" by the student and police officials found no signs of suspicious behavior.
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Assistant East Sussex Coroner Palmer said the cause of death was hanging and his 'high levels of anxiety' could be a potential contributing factor. She added that he decided to wait until his housemates had left the house before taking his own life.
Robinson, during the inquest, told the hearing that her boyfriend was "such a hard-working student" and he got "quite obsessed with studying". She said that Aryal "often said he was upset when he didn't do well in his studies" and was "a lot more anxious than normal" during the hours before his death.
Robinson also added that Aryal had "financial concerns" too because he had "gone quite far into his overdraft". Aryal was confirmed to be "a healthy young man" during his postmortem, with "no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system" at the time of his death.
Aryal's father, Laxmi Aryal, from London, also spoke during the hearing and said that his son had previously suffered from low moods, however, he thought that his moodiness had cleared in the last few years.
"It has been a huge shock for all of us. His ambition was to become a scientist and I really felt he was going to become a great one. I don't think he ever planned to take his own life," the student's father said.
Astrophysics student, 19, at University of Sussex hanged himself from staircase of his home the day after seeing his 'disappointing' exam results https://t.co/fKLGkBgpiX— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) November 5, 2018
"He had asked me for some financial help and I gave him a bit of money to support him. It seemed he was planning the future and where he was going to live after the summer holidays, so I don't think he really thought about taking his own life. I did not think it would end like this," he added.