A bar worker plunged 65ft to his death from his balcony after a two day drink and booze binge, an inquest heard.
Christopher McNally, 30, was chatting with his girlfriend and friend when he suddenly ran out onto the balcony and jumped over it. Manchester Coroner's Court heard how the three friends had been out drinking and taking cocaine for the second night in a row when he died on October 29 last year.
The three friends had returned to Mr McNally’s city centre flat in Manchester’s Green Quarter at around 3am and were "dancing and laughing." But at one point Mr McNally disappeared into the bedroom and returned after 10 minutes "crying his eyes out." His girlfriend Laura Hart told the court she and their friend Sandra Cripps comforted and hugged him as he repeatedly told them he had "let them down." She said he seemed to calm down but then suddenly went past her and jumped from the balcony of the flat.
Miss Hart said she and Mr McNally had spent "two brilliant days together" and he had spent an "amazing" weekend with friends in London the previous week. She said: “We had an amazing night laughing and dancing to Michael Jackson.”
Miss Cripps told the inquest Mr McNally's mood "definitely changed" when they returned to his flat in the early hours and he became very emotional, reports the Manchester Evening News. She said she was in the kitchen when he jumped from the balcony.
“I was eating pizza at the time and out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash and just heard Laura screaming.”
The court heard how the three friends all worked at the same bar and had met just a month previously.A note in Mr McNally’s handwriting left at his flat read: “Sorry I struggle with cocaine. I’m in a mess mentally and I feel like I can’t grow up still in life. Whoever I love eventually hates me. I love people, I love the world but I can’t develop as a man. I have nothing to give the world. So sorry. Chris.”
The inquest heard that Mr McNally - who was originally from Northern Ireland - had spent time in prison in connection with drugs before moving to Manchester. His father Charles McNally, a serving police officer, said his son was "bullied" because of his father’s job and had been "coerced" into drugs. But he told the inquest that his son had turned his life around, was "a grafter" and had a dream to start a business in Ibiza. He said his son loved Manchester and the nightlife but knew he had a problem with cocaine and had told his mum he needed to get out of the party scene.
Coroner Nigel Meadows said Mr McNally was three times over the drink drive limit and had cocaine and MDMA in his system. A post mortem examination found he died of multiple injuries with severe head and brain injuries contributed by MDMA, cocaine and alcohol intoxication.
Mr Meadows said he was satisfied Mr McNally intended to take his own life when he “suddenly, without any threat or warning” jumped head-first off the balcony. He recorded a narrative conclusion of suicide contributed to by illicit drug abuse. He said: “I accept he was struggling with his alcohol drug problem and was trying to break the connection he had and was trying to save up save up some money to make the break.”
By Beth Abbit - The Mirror/Oct. 27, 2015
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UK Bar-Worker on Two-Day Cocaine, MDMA, Alcohol Binge Jumps to His Death