A Nigerian student of Bristol University, UK, Omojola Ogundipe, was found hanged in her hotel room
– Investigations confirmed that Omojola killed herself
– Curiously, Omojola’s death is the reportedly the 11th suspected suicide from the same university in two years
A 20-year-old student of Bristol University, identified as Omojola Ogundipe, reportedly took her own life in a Cardiff hotel room.
Staff at the Citrus Hotel in Cardiff found her body hanging in her hotel room after she missed her check-out deadline, The Sun UK reports.
She had allegedly booked the room three weeks earlier.
It was reported that that the late Omojola, described as “bright and bubbly”, was in the second year of an economics undergraduate degree at Bristol University and was a leading member of the Gospel Choir Society.
A student found hanged in a hotel room is the 11th suspected suicide from the same university in two years.
An inquest was later held into her death at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court.
Her family said she was her “usual bubbly self” when she visited home in Hounslow, West London, three days before her death.
In a statement read out to the court, her father Kurle Ogundipe said he last saw his daughter when she returned home for Mothering Sunday days before he received news of her death.
Ogundipe said: “I last saw Omojola on March 11 when she returned home for the weekend. She appeared her usual bubbly self.”
Ogundipe said his daughter returned to Bristol on the same day. He later received a WhatsApp message from her to say she had returned home to her student flat in the city.
Police informed him of his daughter’s death three days later. He said the family were not aware of any ill health and did not think she suffered from depression or mental health problems.
He added: “We are absolutely devastated about the loss of my daughter. We are still trying to process what has happened.”
But a close friend of Omojola, Hannah Agbeyegbe, told the court that Omojola had “disclosed she was depressed and having suicidal thoughts”.
In a written statement read out to the court, Ms Hannah said: “She (Omojola) was an independent person. Quite private. She didn’t really talk a lot about her personal life.
“It was around this time (when she moved to Bristol) that she disclosed to me that she was depressed and she had been having suicidal thoughts.”
After thorough investigations presented by the police, coroner Christopher Woolley accepted the cause of death given by consultant pathologist Dr David Thomas at the University Hospital of Wales as death by hanging.
“I am satisfied from the thorough police investigation that there were no third parties. There is no evidence that she was cajoled by any third party. There’s no evidence that she met anyone and there is no evidence that anyone entered her room.”