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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Student Who Left Nightclub Telling Friends She Didn't Feel Well Went Home To Kill Herself

A university student on a night out told friends she was unwell before returning home to hang herself.

Ellie Campbell, a first year psychology student, was with a group of friends from her halls of residence on Friday January 26, an inquest heard.

The Canterbury Christ Church University students visited a number of bars, including a Wetherspoon pub and The Jolly Sailor before moving onto Club Chemistry.

An inquest into the teenager’s death held at Archbishop’s Palace yesterday heard how Ellie went outside the nightclub at around 1.30am on January 27 and told her friend she wanted to leave, reports KentLive .

The 18-year-old, originally from Basildon in Essex, then returned to her accommodation at St George’s Centre at around 2am.

Det Sgt Nicky Holland-Day said: “She said she was not feeling very well and was going back to the halls.

“She had drank a mojito pitcher and four double vodkas through the night. She was described as sobering up but a bit down.

“Ellie had her friend’s phone in her bag. They tried to call her but couldn’t hear if the call connected because of the noise in the club.

“The girls would normally go home together so this was unusual.”

DS Holland-Day explained how Ellie had greeted one of the security guards at the halls with a hug instead of her “usual fist bump” but they noticed “nothing to alert them”.

Ellie’s friend arrived back at the halls at around 2.30am and knocked on her fourth floor room door to retrieve her phone but there was no answer and it was locked.

The friend fetched security and they gained access to the room where Ellie was found hanging in the shower room.

Eight paramedics rushed to the scene to help Ellie before she was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford in a critical condition.

Sadly, a CT scan later revealed that her brain activity was “incompatible with life” and the heartbreaking decision to remove her support was made.

She was pronounced dead just after midnight on Monday, January 29.

The inquest heard how Ellie had 296mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal drink-drive limit is 80 – but had no history of self-harm and no known mental health conditions.

DS Holland-Day added: “There was no note and no indication she was considering suicide. Her mood had changed from a bubbly one to a sombre one.

“But I am unable to determine why this popular young girl would end her life. It’s devastating.

“The case is unusual. She had made friends really easily, very good relationships. She normally felt able to discuss anything going on.

“There was no indication to them that there were any issues to be concerned about.”

Assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn recorded a conclusion of suicide and passed on her condolences to Ellie’s family and friends.

Ms Hepburn said Ellie was a “fit and healthy young girl” who was known as an “outstanding student committed to her studies”.

She said: “The evidence in this case is that there was nothing untoward leading up to her death. She went to the club and then her demeanour changed.

“Her mood changed and she decided to leave alone. The evidence is that it was unusual for her to go home alone.

“It was also unusual that she took her friend’s phone. Was this a cry for help and did she feel she would be discovered in the room?
“It’s unlikely as the room was locked and she was on her own.

“Given the state of intoxication, the balance of her mind was disturbed, but I find she did at that time intend to take her own life.”


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