Inquest opens into death of University of Hertfordshire student in ‘self-harm’ tragedy

PUBLISHED: 12:46 27 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:46 27 May 2015

University of Hertfordshire

University of Hertfordshire


An inquest has been opened into the death of a Hatfield student, apparently from self-inflicted wounds.

Eighteen-year-old Don Mohlabane of Tamworth, Staffordshire, died in the Lister Hospital, in Stevenage, on May 12 after what police describe as “self-harm”on the de Havilland campus at about 2.15am.

He suffered heart failure after bleeding from what the coroner’s service describes as multiple lacerations to the lung tissue.

Ross Renton, University of Hertfordshire dean of students, said: “University staff are working with the police and security teams to establish the details of what happened but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

“We would like to send our deepest sympathies to the student’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“Counselling and support is available to all university students who are coming to terms with this tragedy.”

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