A university student took her own life at a hotel in Cardiff just days after visiting home for Mother’s Day. Omojola Ogundipe was in the second year of her economics undergraduate degree at Bristol University when staff at the Citrus Hotel in Bute Terrace, Cardiff, discovered her in a fourth-floor room on Wednesday, March 14, this year after she missed her check-out deadline.
The 20-year-old, from Hounslow, was a leading member of Bristol University’s Gospel Choir Society and was described as as campaigner on environmental and human rights issues, including homelessness.
An inquest was held into her death at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on Thursday.
In a statement read out to the court her father Kurle Ogundipe said he last saw his daughter when she returned home for Mothering Sunday days before he received news of her death.
Mr Ogundipe said: “I last saw Omojola on March 11 when she returned home for the weekend. She appeared her usual bubbly self.”
Mr Ogundipe said his daughter returned to Bristol on the same day. He later received a WhatsApp message from her to say she had returned home to her student flat in the city.
Police informed him of his daughter’s death three days later. He said the family were not aware of any ill health and did not think she suffered from depression or mental health problems.
PC Jemma Dicks of South Wales Police was on duty at Cardiff Bay Police Station when she was called to a person found hanged in a room in the Citrus Hotel at 11.25am on March 14.
PC Dicks explained paramedics had discovered Miss Ogundipe in the bathroom. They had declared life extinct at 11.36am that morning.
The body was later identified and an investigation was carried out to establish Miss Ogundipe’s movements in the days leading up to her death.
Summing up, coroner Christopher Woolley accepted the cause of death given by consultant pathologist Dr David Thomas at the University Hospital of Wales as death by hanging.
Mr Woolley said he was satisfied Miss Ogundipe intended to take her own life and recorded a conclusion of suicide.