A TEENAGE student who was found hanged in his halls of residence, had suffered a recent change in his personality and was found with more than £3,000 in cash in his room, an inquest heard today (Monday October 7).

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Stylianos Ktistakis - a Greek national - was just a few months away from finishing his first year at the University of Reading studying international business when he was found hanged in his halls of residence.

The 18-year-old student was last seen on CCTV taking a short stroll before walking back into his halls of residence, hours before he was discovered on March 23 this year.

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Security guards at the university found Stylianos and started CPR compressions until paramedics arrived but he was declared dead at the Royal Berkshire Hospital at 8.51am.

Investigating the scene, Detective constable Connor Hatton discovered five bundles of cash in his university room.

He said: “His room was untidy but there was no significant damage or disturbance.

"I noticed a significant amount of cash which I counted and double bagged.”

The officer discovered £1,500 of cash in four bundles in different locations across the room and another bundle of £1,185.

Assistant coroner Ian Wade gave background information about the victim which said: “Stylianos started university September 24 and the academic year was set to finish June 14.

“Since he began studying, he had two deadlines. He missed the November deadline and staff were unable to confirm whether the second deadline in February was met. It was too early in his academic career to see how well he was doing.”

In a statement his mother, Kiriaki Ambatzidou, said that the death of her son came as a complete and devastating shock.

She said: “My son was a bright young man.

"He wanted to study at Reading University.

"Unfortunately the last three months before his death something changed in his state of mind, something his family could not have thought of or imagined.

“Now we feel we failed to protect our child.

"My son loved sailing, playing guitar and games on the computer.

"It was a tremendous shock to us and I do not think that there is anything that will console us over this loss.”

Assistant coroner Ian Wade, sitting in Reading, said: “Stylianos appeared to be a solitary young man who found great enjoyment in computer games and does not seem to be particularly known in his halls of residence.

“Clearly he was an intelligent young man shown by his admission to the University of Reading.

"The evidence does appear to suggest that he was a troubled young man and it seems to me that he intended to end his life in a moment of despair or determination.”

Mr Wade recorded a conclusion of suicide.

Speaking directly to a representative of the university at the inquest, he added: “Nothing seems to me could have been done.

"The university of Reading should not in any sense berate itself.”

A spokesman for the university said later: “We were deeply saddened by the death of Stylianos.

"Our thoughts are firmly with his family and friends and we will do whatever we can to support them.

"We are grateful to the Coroner for the thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.”