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Inquest starts into death of 12-year-old Jane Austen College pupil Michael Sousa

PUBLISHED: 08:20 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 30 October 2017

Emergency services outside the Jane Austen College in Norwich after Michael Sousa fell down the stairs. Picture by Nicholas Carding.

Emergency services outside the Jane Austen College in Norwich after Michael Sousa fell down the stairs. Picture by Nicholas Carding.

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An inquest is to begin into the death of a 12-year-old boy who fell from the top of a school stairwell.

Year 7 pupil Michael Sousa sustained severe head injuries when he fell at Jane Austen College in Norwich.

He died eight days later in hospital.

The youngster’s fall was the day after his 12th birthday, and a preliminary inquest hearing was told he died of a severe traumatic brain injury on January 31 2017.

In a written statement issued at the time, 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.

“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 the Jane Austen College pupil had enjoyed football, making jokes and being with his friends.

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

Jane Austen College is a state-funded, co-educational secondary school for children aged 11 to 19.

A three-day inquest is listed to begin at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich on Monday October 30.

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