Man expelled for abusing suicide victim offered new place at top university

Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University

A man who was convicted for abusing a woman who later took her own life has been offered a place at a top university, despite being expelled from another in the UK.

Angus Milligan, 22, was sentenced to 180 hours community service and one year's supervision for assaulting and threatening 18-year-old Emily Drouet.

He admitted to choking, slapping, and sending her threatening texts while they were both students at Aberdeen University, Yahoo reports.

The university expelled him, and Ms Drouet was found dead in March 2016.

But two years on, it has been revealed he was offered a place at the prestigious Oxford Brookes University just weeks after he was convicted.

Ms Drouet's family say the news is "extremely distressing".

Her mother Fiona Drouet said the university should not be allowing a man who committed a serious crime against another student back into the community.

"I feel overwhelming sadness that all the work we're doing on domestic and gender-based violence has apparently been disregarded here," she said.

"He's a dangerous individual, in my opinion - and in the opinion of the court."

The university said it could not comment on individual cases, but admitted the criminal records of all applicants were checked.

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