'Disturbed' man jumped from car park

A man who had been stopped from jumping off a multi-storey car park returned two years later and jumped, an inquest heard.

Martin Weeks, 41, of Hunters Close in Tring died from multiple traumatic injuries.

An inquest held into his death yesterday (Tuesday) heard that CCTV showed Mr Weeks, who had been drinking, enter Hemel Hempstead's Marlowes Shopping Centre and make his way to the car park on April 16.

During the same month back in 2007, he had been tackled to the ground by PC Andrew Pardy and others to prevent him from leaping to his death.

Mr Weeks was admitted to Albany Lodge - a mental health unit in St Albans but after being released from the hospital he stopped taking medication prescribed to treat depression.

The court heard that many years earlier he had tried to take an overdose and had once cut his wrists.

Before his death Mr Weeks had been planning a trip to America to meet a woman he had met through the internet, but the visit had been cancelled at the last minute.

In statements given to Hertfordshire coroner Edward Thomas, Mr Weeks' work colleagues said he seemed more miserable and detached.

Before his death he had hastily handed in his resignation and said he could not work his notice.

Hertfordshire coroner Edward Thomas recorded that Mr Weeks took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

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