struggling to cope with the pressures of his studies, an inquest heard
Rafael Ochoa was in his first year of a five year course studying for a PhD
in computer science.
The super bright 23-year-old had already got a first class Masters at Oxford
and a first class degree in engineering at Cambridge.
The keen golfer was also anxious about an upcoming tournament for the
university’s Divots team which he was captain of, the court heard.
Alongside that and his studies he was also cox at the Sommerville Boat club
and a member of the Hertford College Chapel Choir.
The court heard how Rafael – originally from Bilbao, Spain – had spoken to
his GP about his struggles.
Dr Helen Salisbury told the coroner: “He was very anxious relating to
academic work and a sporting event.”
Professor Stephen Faulkner, the Dean at Keble College in Oxford said he had
“very positive reports” and the student as “actively involved in
the university golf club”.
But on April 6 this year, the court heard how he was hit by a train.
Cops went to his flat and found letters suggesting he was going to commit
Assistant coroner Nicholas Graham recorded a verdict of suicide.