‘Popular and well-liked’ student hanged himself on day of graduation ceremony after keeping failed degree hidden from parents

‘Popular and well-liked’ student hanged himself on day of graduation ceremony after keeping failed degree hidden from parents

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A STUDENT hanged himself at his family home on the day he was due to attend his graduation after hiding the fact he had failed his degree.

Nicholas Turner returned to his family home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, just before summer this year after completing a three-year course in mechanical engineering at Southampton University.

Nicholas Turner, 23, took his own life at his parents' home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent on the day he was supposed to graduate
Nicholas Turner, 23, took his own life at his parents’ home on the day he was supposed to graduate

However, the 23-year-old, a former pupil at the prestigious Tonbridge School, had not told his parents he had flunked his degree, instead telling them he had got a 2:1.

And on July 23, the day of the university graduation ceremony – which his parents were getting ready to attend with him – he killed himself.

An inquest at Maidstone Coroner’s Court heard this week how his body was spotted hanging outside his parents’ house by neighbours, who alerted his 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.

Dad Geoff Turner told the inquest 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.”

Detective Sergeant Brian Smith said the student’s body was spotted outside an upstairs bathroom by a neighbour and passing pedestrian on July 23.

It was the day he was due to attend a graduation ceremony along with his parents, Kent Live reported this week.


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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.”

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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