Sunderland student hanged himself after night out

Sunderland Civic Centre, where the inquest or Ainsley Jack Charles took place

Sunderland Civic Centre, where the inquest or Ainsley Jack Charles took place

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A STUDENT was found dead after a night out with friends.

Housemates of Ainsley Jack Charles made the grim discovery at the flat they shared in Ashbrooke, Sunderland.

After a night out in Sunderland, they returned to their home in Elmwood Street in the early hours of January 8.

Keen sportsman Mr Charles went to bed several hours later. When his friends went to check on him the next day, they found he had hanged himself.

An inquest in Sunderland heard the 21-year-old Sunderland University student had traces of Ecstasy and cocaine in his body. He was also nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit.

The hearing was told that messages on his mobile and posts on Facebook showed he had still been alive at 4am and had a row with his girlfriend, though gave no hints that he intended to take his own life.

His devastated mother, Joanne Charles, said he was a “lovely, kind young man”, who would always ring her if he had any problems and had booked train tickets to come back to the family home near Stevenage.

She added that she did not believe her son was suicidal.

“We are mystified as to why he did not call or send a message to say he had a problem that night.

“He never indicated that he was going to take his life.”

She added: “He was so loved and had so much to offer and receive. We all have wonderful memories and miss him more than anything can be said.”

Toxicology expert Dr Stephen Morley said Mr Charles had used drugs a few hours before death.

Dr Morley, who is based in Sheffield, told the hearing at Sunderland Civic Centre that the drugs could cause a “hangover effect” and feeling of low mood hours after being used and could have also affected his judgment.

After the hearing, Mr Charles’ family said: “We are all totally devastated by what has happened – friends and family alike.

“Ainsley was so loving, so loved and had so much to offer and receive. Although we have our wonderful memories we will miss him more than words can express. Knowing Ainsley as we do we can only conclude that he would have wanted to fulfil his dreams and ambitions.”

His tutor, Ian Whyte, said: “We were all deeply shocked and saddened by Ainsley’s death.

“He was a genuinely nice guy with an outgoing personality and very engaging to be around.

“He was extremely popular with his fellow students and lecturers in the department, and his network of friends extended right across the institution.

“He particularly enjoyed being an active member of the university’s rugby club, both as a player and socially. ”

Deputy coroner Karin Welsh recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Charles had killed himself while under the influence of alcohol and recreational drugs, but added that she could not be sure he intended to do so.

Verdict: Killed himself while under the influence of alcohol and recreational drugs.

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