Death of DCU student in London confirmed as not suspicious

Metropolitan Police say Patrick Halpin died of brain injury after falling

Metropolitan Police have confirmed that student Patrick Halpin, whose body was discovered on a roof in central London last month, died of brain injuries after falling.

Metropolitan Police have confirmed that student Patrick Halpin, whose body was discovered on a roof in central London last month, died of brain injuries after falling.

Thu, Mar 20, 2014, 10:12

The post mortem results on Patrick Halpin, the DCU student who was found dead on a roof in central London in February, have confirmed that he died as a result of a brain injury after falling.

The 18-year-old actuarial mathematics student was on a short trip to London’s West End with the Dublin City University (DCU) drama society in February when he went missing near Leicester Square. Mr Halpin was last seen leaving Zoo Bar just after midnight on Wednesday, February 5th. After a two-day search his body was found on the roof of a Burger King off Leicester Square.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed this morning that the final post mortem results, which took place on February 11th at Westminster Mortuary, concluded that Mr Halpin’s death was not suspicious. “The cause of death was given as a brain injury consistent with a fall,” she said.

Patrick Halpin’s friends and family gathered in Loughrea, Co Galway last month to celebrate the young student’s brief but happy life. His older sister Regina Ní hAilpín described her brother as a “wonderfully multi-faceted” brother who was a “fierce, fierce friend.”

He was “quiet yet friendly, careful, but not boring, fun, but not wild, charismatic, laid back, but not lazy, passionate, intelligent,” she said.

An inquest into Mr Halpin’s death is expected to take place at Westminster Coroner’s Court on March 28th.