‘Great leader’ student hanged himself in his Stratford home

PUBLISHED: 13:29 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:21 08 June 2017

The inquest took place at Waltham Coroners Court.

The inquest took place at Waltham Coroners Court.


A man described as a “great leader” was found hanging at his student digs in Stratford after a concerned friend raised the alarm, an inquest heard.

The body of Juan Camilo Roldan Mejia was discovered by security guard Sabir Miah at the student accommodation where he lived in Angel Lane, Walthamstow Coroners’ Court was told today.

A friend of the 37-year-old Colombian national who had been “clearly concerned about him” as he was unable to contact him had alerted Mr Miah.

He used a master key to gain access to Juan’s room where he found his body hanging on December 14 last year at around 12.45am.

Paramedics and police were called but Juan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A subsequent post mortem revealed the cause of his death was hanging.

In a statement read out at the inquest on behalf of family member Maria Eugenia Meija De Roldan, Juan was described as a “great leader” in his community and a “great human being”.

It stated: “He said ‘people always have to open their mouths and say something good’.

“He was a great man, friend and example.”

His death was said to have left a “great emptiness” for his family.

A toxicology report by Dr Susan Paterson, head of toxicology at Imperial College, stated there were low levels of alcohol in Juan’s blood at the time of his death and “no evidence” of amphetamines, prescription drugs or illegal substances.

A report by Juan’s GP Dr Vaidya found the student had only visited his doctor once before his death and this was not in relation to a mental health illness.

The coroner concluded that “I am satisfied beyond any reasonable doubt that Mr Mejia both intended to take the action and intended to bring about his death.”

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