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Friday 19 September 2014

Death of Irish student in London was not foul play

Published 20/03/2014 | 02:30

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Patrick Halpin (inset) was found dead on the roof of a Burger King restaurant near Leicester Square. Main photo: The stairs leading up to the spot where he was found. Picture: WILL OLIVER
Patrick Halpin (inset) was found dead on the roof of a Burger King restaurant near Leicester Square. Main photo: The stairs leading up to the spot where he was found. Picture: WILL OLIVER

A YOUNG Irishman who was found dead on the roof of a Burger King outlet in London last month died as a result of head injuries consistent with a fall.

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Final post-mortem results on the remains of 18-year-old Patrick Halpin confirmed that his death was not suspicious.

An inquest into the death of the young Galway man is now being set for later this year.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that final post-mortem reports received last week had established the cause of death.

"The post-mortem has established that the deceased died as a result of brain injuries consistent with a fall. As this is a non-suspicious inquiry it has now been forwarded to the coroner's services and an inquest will be held in due course," he said.

A date for the inquest is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

The DCU student was on a trip to London with the university's drama society when he went missing. He had been on a night out with friends when he was last seen leaving Zoo Bar just after midnight on the morning of Wednesday, February 5, making his way towards Burger King.

Following a two-day search, the actuary student's body was found in "an enclosed area" on the roof of a Burger King in Leicester Square.

While a cause of death could not initially be established, further test results received by police last week confirmed it was due to a fall.

Late last month his family made an emotional visit to his college to accept a posthumous award for the young man.

Patrick, who was a first-year student on the Actuarial Mathematics BSc programme in DCU's Faculty of Science and Health, had been selected for a DCU Academic Scholarship Award. He was chosen to receive the scholarship after achieving more than 550 points in his Leaving Cert.

Sadly he died before the ceremony could take place. His parents, Paddy and Elsie, and sister, Regina, attended the DCU event late last month where they remembered their much-loved son and brother.

They were joined by Patrick's former principal, Sean Connolly, of St Brigid's VEC, Loughrea.

Patrick was one of 95 recipients recognised during the presentation ceremony at the Helix.

He was the last student to be awarded the scholarship on the day.

Irish Independent

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