Jane Austen College pupil, Michael Sousa, died of a severe traumatic brain injury after falling down stairwell at Norwich school

The Jane Austen College, Colegate, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Jane Austen College, Colegate, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

A 12-year-old boy fell to his death from the top of a stairwell at Jane Austen School in Norwich died of a severe traumatic brain injury, an inquest has heard.

Michael Sousa died of a head injury a week after the incident at the school in the Colegate area of the city.

Norfolk area coroner Yvonne Blake said the Year 7 pupil fell on January 23 and his life support machine was switched off at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, on January 31.

'Michael fell from the top of a stairwell at school and sustained significant head injuries,' Ms Blake said in a brief hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich on Wednesday.

Michael, of Irstead Road, Norwich, fell from the stairwell the day after his 12th birthday.


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The medical cause of death was given as severe traumatic brain injury.

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In a written statement, college principal Rebecca Handley Kirk said: 'We are devastated by these events, and we send our thoughts and our love to Michael's family and friends.

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'Michael had only joined us in September, but was already becoming a well-known student throughout the school, thanks to his lively personality.'

She said Michael had enjoyed football, making jokes and being with his friends, and the school would be making time to remember him.

In a statement, the school said it had made support available for fellow students.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said officers were not investigating any suspicious circumstances surrounding Michael's fall and subsequent death.

A fundraising page which had initially been launched to support any treatment will now be used to cover the costs of a funeral and to support the family. So far more than £3,500 has been raised.

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Jayden Stracey, a schoolfriend of Michael's, and his mother Danielle have also organised for a charity day to be held at the Phoenix Centre, on Mile Cross Road, later this month.

The event, which will run from 2pm on Sunday, February 19, will include a raffle and children's entertainment, with all money raised going to Michael's family.

Yesterday, the school held a Go Green non-uniform day, encouraging students to dress in Michael's favourite colour.

Funds raised will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey.

The inquest was adjourned until 10am on August 14 for a full inquest hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court.

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