Student Paul Millgate Fell To His Death From 10th Floor Window After Breaking Up With His Girlfriend

Student Fell To His Death From 10th Floor Window After Breaking Up With His Girlfriend

A student fell to his death from a 10th floor window after splitting from his girlfriend, and bombarding her with texts saying is life was no longer living, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Bournemouth University student Paul Millgate was in a communal kitchen in halls of residence when he opened a window the window all the way, despite locks which should have only allowed it to tilt open, the Bournemouth Echo reported.

20-year-old Paul Millgate

Dorset coroner Sheriff Payne was told the previous resident at the flat had overridden the lock with a special key, a trick popular with students who wanted to smoke in the flats.

The 20-year-old psychology students died of "devastating" multiple injuries on April 4. He had told his flatmates he was going to jump out of a window and put a butter knife to his neck asking: "Shall I kill myself?"

He also sent his girlfriend pictures taken out of the window shortly before he jumped, while suicide notes were found in his room.

Recording a verdict Paul took his own life, the coroner said: "It is my conclusion that he did deliberately take himself out of the window and sadly ended up on the ground below having jumped from the 10th floor.

"This could never have been a cry for help. He must have realised that by jumping out of there, there was only one result and that would have been his death."

Useful websites and helplines:

  • Samaritans, open 24 hours a day, on 08457 90 90 90
  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Young Minds offers information to young people about mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Students Against Depression, a website by students, for students.
  • HopeLine runs a confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide. Mon-Fri 10-5pmand 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm on 0800 068 41 41
  • HeadMeds - a straight-talking website on mental health medication
  • Student Minds supports students across the UK to bring about positive change on their campuses through campaigning and facilitating peer support programmes. To join the community or launch a student group contact the charity on
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