16/03/2017 16:01 GMT

Bournemouth University Student Died In Halls After Mixing Together Poisonous Chemicals, Inquest Hears

Mature student Jennifer Lander left notes warning about deadly carbon monoxide.

A Bournemouth University student whose body was found in halls of residence died from carbon monoxide poisoning after mixing together dangerous chemicals, an inquest heard. 

The body of medical engineering student Jennifer Lander was found in the bathroom of her Poole flat in January, along with a note warning would-be rescuers about deadly levels of carbon monoxide, the Mirror reported

Students and local residents were subsequently evacuated for several hours while emergency services dealt with the threat.  

Leon Fletcher
A student whose body was found in halls died from carbon monoxide poisoning, an inquest heard 

Photos from the scene show fire crews in protective clothing removing a bin containing potentially hazardous chemicals from the building. 

Lander, 30, had moved to the area from Taunton in Somerset last year to study at Bournemouth University, the newspaper added.  

Josh Wilde
Students and local residents were evacuated for several hours following the incident 

The inquest heard how the mature student, known as Jen to friends, had left letters to loved ones indicating she intended to take her own life. 

While a post mortem initially recorded the cause of Lander’s death as “unascertained”, further tests revealed she had passed away due to carbon monoxide toxicity. 

Tributes were paid to the student in the wake of her death. 

“Devastated” friend Andy Snook told The Bournemouth Echo that Lander was a “beautiful soul”. 

“She was a wonderful, kind and caring person, who was the life and soul of the party,” he said. 

“I think her funeral is going to be packed.” 

Collette Spoard
Police and firefighters at the scene 

With thanks to students Josh Wilde, Colette Spoard and Leon Fletcher for providing photos.  

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