Inquest into death of ‘independent’ and ‘beautiful’ former City of Norwich School student Roisin Ngembu

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:02 10 June 2015

The City of Norwich School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The City of Norwich School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


A coroner has offered her sympathy to the family of a former City of Norwich School student who took her own life.

Sixth-form pupil Roisin Ngembu, 18, died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on March 11, after being discovered by her mother the day before at their Suffolk Square home.

Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich heard yesterday how the teenager had experienced relationship problems in the weeks and months before her death.

In the days after she died, glowing messages poured in on an online remembrance page, paying tribute to an “independent” and “beautiful” teenager who was loved by her parents.

Writing on the page, father Thomas said: “My beautiful daughter Roisin, you will be remembered for your stand for fairness and justice for all and as an independent person, you had a viewpoint and a perspective on any given topic. I admired you and will always be proud of you. Love you so much, dearest child.”

Miss Ngembu had attended the Hewett School for five years, and spent a year at Notre Dame before joining Year 13 at CNS.

In a statement on the school’s website, headteacher Jim Nixon said: “We will remember Roisin as a
quiet student who had a great deal of talent and her whole life ahead of her.”

He added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”

In a statement read to the court yesterday, mother Rebecca said she had no idea why it had happened.

Her daughter had come home from school at about 1.30pm on March 10, and had gone to her room, where she was later found hanging.

The teenager, who had worked at Mercy XS nightclub on Prince of Wales Road, was taken to hospital, where she died the next day.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said: “We have heard evidence that Roisin had been in an on-and-off relationship which was clearly causing some problems.”

She added there had been no indication to Miss Ngembu’s mother about what the teenager was planning to do, and there was no history of mental health problems.

Ms Lake concluded the cause of death was suicide, and told the family she offered her sympathies for the tragic death.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 08457 909090 or email

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