A business student 21-year-old whose body was found on an East Sussex beach is likely to have died of suicide or an accidentnt, said a coroner.
Sussex Police have been accused of failing to fully investigate the death of Blessing Olusegun, from south London, who was found dead in Bexhill on September 18, 2020.
A petition attracted thousands of signatures calling on the police to ensure they properly investigate his death.
At a screening hearing in At the Hastings inquest, Coroner Alan Craze said, “There are four possible causes of death: natural causes, foul play, accident and suicide.
"In the end, I will probably find that there is not enough evidence pointing to nat urral or murder causes. There would be two left, suicide and accident, as this is the police point of view and it is more likely to be an accident than a suicide. " Craze adjourned the inquiry for a full hearing to be held on a date to be fixed.
DI Pippa Nicklin, the Senior investigating officer released a statement in March defending the Sussex Police investigation.
She said: "Although he didn 't There is still no evidence of a crime, we still carefully and fully consider all of the circumstances leading up to Blessing's death, from her arrival in Bexhill, her departure from the house where she worked and to walk to the beach.
"It has been reported that we have not properly investigated Blessing's death due to his ethnicity and we strongly refute these claims. "
A force spokesperson said Olusegun spent a week in Bexhill working as a caregiver.
After the discovery of his body, the police openedThere was no investigation and Olusegun's mother was informed of his death. The spokesperson said the investigation included a search for the area where Olusegun was found, which located his phone and slippers.
Local investigations were also conducted, including interviews with these people. who had last seen or spoken to her. Officers searched his home during his internship and performed forensic examinations of his devices and personal effects found on the beach.
The video surveillance has also examined, which the spokesperson said revealed she was alone when she entered the beach, with no sign of other people nearby.
They added: "Toxicology tests and a medical examination were carried out by a the pathologist who discovered that Blessing had died by drowning; they found no evidence of rapence or internal or external injuries.
"Because there is no evidence of any third party involvement, Blessing's death is described as "not suspicious ". The coroner will decide the facts of the case and determine how, when and where Blessing died. "