Inquest opens into death of Leeds student, 20

Billy Mankelow
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A LEEDS student died a day after suffering severe head injuries during a night out in the city, an inquest opening heard.

Billy Mankelow, 20, was found with serious injuries at 3.20am on Saturday April 25 under the railway arches at Swinegate, near Leeds railway station.

West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchliff told the inquest opening that a forensic post-mortem revealed Mr Mankelow died of severe “unsurivable” head injuries.

He died the following day at Leeds General Infirmary.

Mr Mankelow, from Kent, was living in the Woodhouse area of Leeds. He was studying social sciences at the University of Leeds and also worked in a call centre.

Mr Hinchliff said: “I will adjourn this inquest generally awaiting a full post-mortem report and the outcome of the relevant criminal proceedings.”

Richard Danter, appeared before Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday charged with Mr Mankelow’s murder.

Danter, 31, of no fixed address, spoke only to confirm his name. No pleas were entered.

Danter’s barrister Jason Pitter, QC, said there would be no issue as to whether it was Danter who had caused Mr Mankelow’s death.

Mr Pitter asked for the case to be adjourned to allow for reports to be prepared and further enquiries to take place before the next hearing.

Danter is expected to be returned to the court on August 4 for a plea and case management hearing.

A provisional trial date has been set for October 26.

Former Starbucks employee Mr Mankelow tweeted of his excitement at being accepted into university last year.

A statement released by his family said: “We are devastated by the tragic loss of our loving son Billy and are now asking for privacy at this heartbreaking time to allow our family to grieve.”

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