Tragedy of man who jumped from Crayford flats 'could not have been avoided'

Photo by Peter Tuszynski

Photo by Peter Tuszynski

Tragedy of man who jumped from Crayford flats 'could not have been avoided'

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A coroner has told the family of a man who jumped from a block of flats in Crayford that there was nothing they could have done to prevent the tragedy.

David Goldsmith, aged 54, was pronounced dead by paramedics on April 3 after being found at the bottom of a block of flats in Town Hall Square.

Giving evidence at an inquest held at Croydon Coroners' Court on July 1, Mr Goldsmith's daughter, Sarah Goldsmith spoke of how her father had made several attempts to take his own life in the past.

She said: "He'd tried all different things.

"He always said he would never leave a note."

The inquest also heard that Mr Goldsmith suffered from Huntington's disease and depression.

PC Chris Holtham said police had received a call from the London Ambulance Service on April 3 to say that they had found a man with a head injury in an inaccessible area between the block of flats and a Sainsbury's store.

Coroner Mrs Lynch read out a statement by eye-witness, Kieran Anscombe.

It described how the Sainsbury's worker had been sitting on a bench near to the store during a break and had been talking to a friend when he noticed Mr Goldsmith 'swaying' on his fourth-floor balcony.

The statement said: "I was facing away talking to my friend whose expression made me look round and for a split second I saw a figure falling through the air."

A post-mortem examination carried out at the Princess Royal Hospital on April 18 showed that Mr Goldsmith's death was caused by multiple injuries.

Recording a verdict of suicide, Mrs Lynch said: "This was man with a very bleak outlook on life and he faced a bleak future having Huntingdon's, it is a terrible, terrible disease.

"There was nothing more that any of you could have done to prevent this."

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11:15am Wed 2 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

Such a sad situation, but his family must not blame themselves, or try to think they could have prevented this. If someone want to take their own life, which clearly this man was determined to do the no amount of intervention can stop them doing this.
Such a sad situation, but his family must not blame themselves, or try to think they could have prevented this. If someone want to take their own life, which clearly this man was determined to do the no amount of intervention can stop them doing this. concerned.erith
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