A 20-year-old journalism student has killed himself after losing his Apple iPhone at a party.
The university student shocked many people after reportedly hanging himself in his room just hours after ‘sobbing uncontrollably’ following the loss of his iPhone.
According to Dailymail, Keen video blogger and journalism student Archie Day, 20, was so upset after a night out in Manchester he was comforted by eight other students on October 5 last year.
The day after the drunken night out at an Arctic Monkeys themed club night, Archie was found dead by a duty manager at Peel Park halls of residence at Salford University in Greater Manchester.
An inquest into his death said he had been upset at the loss of his Apple iPhone.
Mr Day, who struggled with depression had told his parents at home in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire, he had been feeling much better.
In a statement read at Bolton Coroner’s Court Archie’s flatmate Kane Markham said broadcast journalism student Mr Day had not shown signs he would take his own life after the night out at ‘Venue’ in Manchester.
He said: ‘I knew that he suffered from depression, but I didn’t realise how bad it was as he was so outgoing. His Instagram page said ‘Should have died already’ and he was into musicians who rapped about depression – but I think he got comfort from those artists.
‘He was a loud and charismatic character and he always seemed to be a bit of a ringleader. That night he had least four drinks of Stella there and was also sipping out of other people’s drinks. He did seem to talk to anyone and at 2.30am he sent a message to our WhatsApp group asking where we were and, as a joke, we said that we went home.
‘We booked a taxi and got in to leave and when we got to it, we noticed that Archie wasn’t there. I tried to call Archie but there was no answer but as we got back, we spoke to another student who was talking about Archie and he said that he Archie was in his room and he had been mugged. There was a security guard in the room with Archie and was sobbing uncontrollably.’
Mohammed Zafar, a security guard at Peel Park said he could hear Archie crying from the other side of the door when he was called up.
The device was later located 220 miles away in Romford, Essex but was never recovered.
Archie’s family believe he did not intend to kill himself – blaming excessive drinking for contributing to him ‘not thinking rationally.’
Tests showed Archie had 225 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood in his system. The alcohol limit for driving is 80mg.
However, police do not believe he was robbed due to there being no CCTV evidence from the club, the halls or witnesses on the streets.
Police Coroners Officer, Alison Parks, who said: ‘We looked at the CCTV of the Venue nightclub and he can be seen in the smoking area at 2:36am and he is holding his mobile phone at that time. Then, he was seen at 2:41am leaving with no mobile phone in his hand. I think it was in this period that his phone went missing.
‘At 3:23am on October 5, he is seen on the university CCTV on his own coming into the courtyard at Peel Park where he bumped into some other students. He was stumbling and appears to be unstable on his feet. The other students were talking to him outside in the courtyard and then they escorted him inside. I think it was shortly after this that security was alerted.’
His mother Heather Maxwell, said: ‘He was anxious about joining university, but he had made good friends and his flatmates were lovely.
‘I last spoke to him on October 4 and he seemed in good spirits. He told me he was going to a comedy club with flatmates. We ended the call as we always did, by telling each other that we love one another. I did not hear from him again.
‘He was a loving son who had a very kind heart and a had a larger than life personality.
‘The family were very proud of him.’
Archie’s father Kenneth Day said: ‘The last time I spoke to him was on October 4 and he explained how happy he was with university. I don’t think Archie would have taken his own life and I wonder if drink may have influenced this.’
Recording a narrative conclusion assistant coroner, Rachel Galloway said: ‘I accept he was extremely upset about losing his phone. The blood alcohol level was high, and, in my view, that could have played a role in his decision. I have to consider the level of alcohol; how upset he was and that he wasn’t thinking rationally at the time.’
Source: Daily Mail