A gifted rugby player tragically killed himself after returning home during lockdown from his university freshers year, a coroner has heard.
Sports fanatic Haseen Hashim, 20, was awarded a prestigious scholarship to Brunel University but he declined it to attend Cardiff Metropolitan University in September 2019, in order to play more of the sport he loved.
Haseen’s parents told the inquest that he was ‘doing very well’ when he left for university after the Christmas break in January, and he often came home to play rugby games for Oxfordshire County.
However his father, Suleman Hashim, explained: ‘When Covid happened, I collected him from university on March 29 and he stayed at home. He was his usual self, he was playing games all night and would sleep all day but I told him to do some work which he did.
‘The night before his death, we watched Match of the Day and went to bed at approximately 2am, that was the last time I saw him alive. As far as I am aware, he did not suffer from depression, I do not know why my son died.’
Mother-of-one Elizabeth Mayhew had been walking her one-year-old daughter to nursery when she spotted the young man’s lifeless body hidden in the trees on June 29 this year.