Pre-Inquest Review Hearing to take place on 22 August
The parents of a Bristol university student are hoping the forthcoming inquest will answer their questions about the events leading up to their daughter’s sudden death.
Natasha Abrahart, a second year physics student at the University of Bristol, died suddenly on 30 April this year. She was 20-years-old and originally from Nottingham.
Natasha was the tenth of 11 University of Bristol students to die since October 2016.
The pre-inquest review hearing is due to take place at 2pm on 22 August before Maria Voisin, the Senior Coroner for Avon, at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court, Old Weston Road, Flax Bourton, Avon, Bristol BS48 1UL. The inquest hearing itself is yet to be scheduled.
Natasha’s parents, Robert and Margaret, said: “Natasha was a wonderful, caring daughter, and was much-loved by everyone who knew her. She was a hard-working, high-achieving individual. She was disciplined, well-organised, persistent, analytical and determined. She had many outside interests including cooking and baking, playing piano, and indoor climbing. She had her whole life in front of her and we still cannot believe that she is no longer with us.
“Over the last two months we have conducted our own in-depth analysis of available material. This has provided a better understanding of what transpired; however, we still have a lot of questions and concerns, which we hope will be addressed by the inquest.
“For the benefit of university students across the country, we want to ensure that any lessons which can be learned from Natasha’s death are identified and acted upon.
“We know that the inquest process is going to be a difficult and upsetting time but we are determined to understand what happened and if more could have been done to keep our daughter safe when she was away from home at university.”
Expert OpinionThe number of recent deaths amongst students at the University of Bristol has been a matter of considerable, and understandable, public concern.
“Natasha’s family now look forward to a full and fearless investigation of the circumstances surrounding her death.” Gus Silverman - Associate Solicitor
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