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Husband fell to his death from Birmingham car park after argument

2015-06-04 19:20:49

NCP Car ParkThe NCP car park in Station Street.

A husband who plunged to his death from a Birmingham city centre car park had earlier been arrested after an argument at his home, an inquest heard.

Adrian Parsons “vigorously” told negotiators to go away as he sat on a ledge at a multi-storey in Station Street on January 17, assistant coroner Ian Dreelan was told.

The 43-year-old, of Bellevue, Edgbaston, fell four storeys and was pronounced dead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Earlier that day, he had gone back to the family home where he returned a number of possessions and left a note of an intention to “cause harm to himself”, the hearing was told.

At the time of the tragedy, the Mail told how police trying to reassure Mr Parsons were abused by angry drivers unable to return to their cars.

Mr Dreelan said: “There had been a falling out, an argument on January 13 which had lead to Mr Parson’s arrest and being taken away from the family home.”

Birmingham Coroner’s Court heard Mr Parsons expressed suicidal thoughts as he was held in custody.

“It is quite clear he had issues with drink and had been drinking for some time,” Mr Dreelan added.

That had increased more recently.”

Tests revealed Mr Parsons had a “significant” blood alcohol level, three times over the drink-drive limit.

“It is quite clear from the note I have read that was found with Mr Parsons that he had a clear intention, to end his life,” said the coroner.

He recorded a verdict of suicide.

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