He had moved from London to start his studies at the University of Bristol in September 2017. He died eight months later. Two hours before his death, his father met him for lunch. Murray had no idea that his son’s place at university had been withdrawn, that he hadn’t paid his accommodation or tuition fees despite having access to the funds, that he’d missed an exam and that he’d disclosed to a senior tutor that he was struggling with anxiety and couldn’t connect.
“Can you tell me how you decided to dismiss Ben?” he asked the Bristol University representative in the courtroom that day. He had been determined to use the inquest to prevent the same thing happening to other families. A convoluted answer involving progress examination board meetings and spreadsheets followed.
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