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Booze party ends in death fall tragedy

PUBLISHED: 16:58 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

A YOUNG medical student died after he fell 30ft from his bedroom window following a night out to celebrate the end of term. Michael Platts, who was studying for a BSc at East London’s Queen Mary College, had gone to a students’ bar the night he died. He was found by a security guard on his rounds the next morning lying on the ground below his third floor room in student accommodation at Newark-street in Whitechapel

A YOUNG medical student died after he fell 30ft from his bedroom window following a night out to celebrate the end of term.

Michael Platts, who was studying for a BSc at East London's Queen Mary College, had gone out with friends for a meal then to a students' bar.

He was found by a security guard on his rounds the following morning lying on the ground below his third floor room in student accommodation at Newark-street in Whitechapel.

Michael had severe facial fractures, a fractured right wrist and damage to his right lung, an inquest at Poplar was told.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

The 22-year-old from Bristol had taken part in a drinking game on December 11.

A friend described his mood as 'boisterous' and recalled how he later helped him return to his room.

A student who lived in the room opposite, Lucy Holbrook, recalled how she was woken by students in the corridor who asked her where Michael's room was.

She heard clanking some time after midnight when Michael banged on another door.

Lucy later saw Michael asleep on the floor and struggled with other students to get him onto his bed.

"He was not really with it at all," she said. "He was not in a good way."

The window in his room was high enough above the sill according to building regulations not to need a guard, college student services director Brian China explained.

Michael had consumed a significant amount of alcohol and colleagues had to help him to his room, said coroner Dr Andrew Reid.

But the amount he drank did not cause his death.

There was no evidence he was the victim of assault, the coroner added, or that he intended to open or close his window or how far he leant out of it, or how he slipped or fell from the window.

An open verdict was recorded.

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