A STUDENT jumped from the roof of a university accommodation block the day before a final year exam.

Chi Yeung Fung, known as Brian, broke the safety catch on a 13th floor window at the University of  Southampton's Liberty Quays halls of residence in Duke Street, before jumping from a flat roof, the inquest into his death heard.

The day before the 20-year old received a poor mark on some work. He was also due to sit an exam the day after his death on January 8.

Born in Hong Kong, he moved to Southampton to study geology and physical geography, and was due to graduate this summer.

Giving evidence Marsha Brown, trainee detective constable based at Southampton central police station, said Mr Fung spent around an hour pacing and sitting on the ledge, but was not spotted by anyone as it was around 2.30am when he jumped.

A note was found in which he said he “was not valuing the life he had” and his “life was a lie”.

Ms Brown said: “My impression through the investigation was that he seemed quite isolated despite telling family he had lots of friends.”

A statement from his mother Yuen Lin Tao, who was unable to attend the inquest as she lives in Hong Kong with the rest of his family, said: “My husband and I never placed pressure on him. It was his choice to come to the UK.

“I had no idea that he was feeling so low.”

The inquest also heard from his girlfriend of five years, Wai Ting Tong, and the students that found him.

As reported by the Daily Echo, many of them were offered counselling after the incident.

Assistant coroner for central Hampshire, Sarah Whitby, recorded a verdict of suicide and said the cause of death was multiple injuries.

“There's no evidence that there was a lack of care by the university for this youngster,” she said.

“Brian left an undated note indicating he intended to take his own life.”

After the inquest Prof Rachel Mills, head of ocean and earth science at the university, said: “Chi Yeung was a valued member of our student community who is very much missed and our thoughts and sympathies continue to be with his family and friends.”