Inquest into death of LMH student

first_imgAn inquest began this week into the death of Toby Rundle, an LMH student who was found hanged in his room last October.The inquest heard that the night before his death, Rundle had been drinking at the college bar with some friends, before going to the Oxford nightclub, Escape. Upon returning to college, he went to the room of Clement Knox, a fellow LMH student and friend of Rundle’s, which he refused to leave. Knox told the inquest that Rundle was “being quite mischievous”, lying in his bed pretending to be asleep.Knox explained that he dragged Rundle out of his room at about 2.30am, and that he was apologetic when he realised he had annoyed his friend. Knox found Rundle’s body later that afternoon, when other students became suspicious that they had not seen him that day.Rundles’s father told Oxford Coroner’s Court that his son’s death had come “out of the blue”. The death occurred just a week before the conclusion of the inquest into the death of another LMH student, John Ddungu, who passed away in February 2009.Mr. Rundle explained that he and his son had discussed the suicide of Ddungu, telling the inquest, “[Toby] said that having seen the damage to the other boy’s family, that was the last thing he would ever contemplate.”A post-mortem showed that Rundle had over two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol driving limit in his blood stream and that he had died of asphyxiation. There were no traces of drugs found in his body.Rundle, from Somerset, was in his final year at Oxford, reading English and Classics. He came to national attention in June 2007, when he sold a first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, for £7,200 at an auction. He used the money to pay his university fees.The University counseling service has been offering extra support this year for LMH students.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019

first_imgPRAT ILL, TAKES OFF HIS OPENING DAY MOUNTS LITTLE BIRD MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S BLUE NORTHERLittle Bird, a two-year-old Irish-bred filly, makes her United States debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes which drew a salty field of nine despite its relatively small purse.“She’s a filly with an attitude,” said trainer Richard Baltas. “I’ve had her for a month and a half, she’s had three works and seems to be getting better.“This is a two-year-old filly stakes and most of these horses just broke their maiden, and she’s already won two races (in England), but there are some really nice fillies in there that look like they have a ton of potential.”The Blue Norther, race eight of 10 with a first post time of 11:30 a.m.: Lighthouse, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Guitty, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Parkour, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Madame Bourbon, Joe Talamo; Overjoyed, Mike Smith, 8-1; Laura’s Light, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Blue Sky Baby, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Croughavouke, Umberto Rispoli, 7-2; and Little Bird, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.Supplementing Sunday’s program is the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile on turf for two-year-olds going as race six: Goliad, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Encoder, Joel Rosario, 8-1; The Stiff, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Liar Liar, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Royal Act, Rafael Bejarano, Hariboux, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Air Force Jet, Evin Roman, 12-1; Kanderel, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Smooth Like Strait, Geovanni Franco, 5-2.BRIGHT OUTLOOK PREVAILS FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA, WHO PICKS UP BELLAFINAVictor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today.“My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races as I can.“I’m focused on winning and I’ll go from there.”With Flavien Prat off of his opening day horses due to illness, Espinoza picked up a big mount in the Grade I La Brea today, as Simon Callaghan has named him to ride 9-5 morning line favorite Bellafina.FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat took off his scheduled six mounts today due to a stomach virus. “He texted me at four this morning saying he was throwing up and might not be able to ride, then contacted me later and confirmed that he wouldn’t,” said his agent, Derek Lawson. “He said he was sorry and apologized to the trainers who had booked him to ride. Hopefully, he’ll have a quick recovery.” . . . Santa Anita’s popular Dollar Day will be offered on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. Fans can purchase hot dogs for $2 and soda and beer for a buck apiece . . . Today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 that starts in race six has a guaranteed single ticket jackpot of $500,000 . . . Santa Anita offers a live-money handicapping contest on select Saturdays and Sundays. Fans can sign up at the Main THOROUGHBREDS Center. For details, visit santaanita.com/contest . . . There were 221 recorded workouts at Santa Anita on a busy Saturday morning, including 22 on the training track . . . Agent Craig Stephen, who hit a home run with Santiago Gonzalez, is back in action representing 33-year-old Mexico City native Israel Ocampo. “He’s been working for John Sadler and he’s fit and hungry and wants back in,” Stephen said . . . Agent Ken Huth has taken the book of seven-pound apprentice Victor Flores, who has nine wins at Golden Gate Fields . . . Ron McAnally, who first came to Santa Anita in 1948, was back at Clockers’ Corner on a chilly Saturday morning, ensconced at his familiar table. “It’s been so many years, I can’t count ’em,” said the 87-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, best known for conditioning legendary two-time Horse of the Year John Henry. “I won a race at Del Mar this summer with a 70-1 shot named It’s Tiz Time owned by my wife, Debbie,” McAnally said proudly. “That shows I’ve still got it.” . . . FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY IS AT 11:30 A.M.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on December 28th, 2019Richard Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Final Work Ahead of the Grade I Malibu Stakes.John Sadler Discusses Gift Box’s Time Off and Expectations for the San Antonio.Bob Baffert Discusses a Trio of Three-Year-Olds Heading Into Grade 1 Starts on Opening Day.Peter Eurton Discusses Draft Pick’s Last Race Heading into the San Antonio.WORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 12-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 12-22-19Ashleyluvssugar (Outside) and Ekklesia (Eurton) 12-22-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 12-22-19Bellafina (Callaghan) 12-20-19Gift Box (Sadler) 12-20-19Mother Mother (Outside) and Eddy Forever (Baffert) 12-20-19 LITTLE BIRD COULD FLY HIGH IN HER U.S. DEBUTcenter_img VICTOR ESPINOZA HAPPY TO BE BACK IN ACTIONlast_img read more