A 16-year-old student found hanged at a public school was seen asleep by his roommate just hours before his death, an inquest heard yesterday.
Seok Yoon Park was in bed in his room at Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire, at about 2am while his fellow student worked on a computer, the hearing in Stourport-on-Severn was told.
But at about 7.45am on Monday, the South Korean national, who had only been at the fee-paying school on Worcester Road for about a month, was found hanging by a belt. It was attached to a dressing gown which in turn was wrapped around a pipe.
A post-mortem examination carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Eddie Tapp gave the cause of death as ligature suspension. The student's body was identified by his brother, who is currently studying at a British university.
Blood tests are still being carried out on the teenager's body by toxicologists.
Worcestershire coroner Victor Round adjourned the hearing to a date to be fixed.
Two members of staff from Bromsgrove School attended the hearing but left without comment.