George Holloway, 18,jumped to his death from a multi-storey car park after arguing with a girl who had not replied to his WhatsApp messages, an inquest heard
A drunken teenager jumped to his death from a multi-storey car park after arguing with a girl who had not replied to his WhatsApp messages, an inquest heard.
George Holloway, 18, had spent the night drinking in a pub in Stroud, Gloucestershire, when he had a confrontation with Grace Cooper.
Ms Cooper told the hearing Mr Holloway drank a lot of alcohol in a short time before accusing her of being disrespectful by blanking his messages.
He later jumped from a nearby multi-storey car park but a coroner said the teenager may have had only a ‘fleeting’ intention to kill himself.
Gloucestershire coroner Katie Skerrett said: ‘He drank a lot and then placed himself in a very precarious position.
‘If he had not had that much alcohol and if he had not placed himself in that position his intention may have passed.’
She said the evidence showed that as far back as May 2017 he had posted on social media about ‘jumping from a high place.’
It was also playing on his mind that he did not have a girlfriend – and on the night of his death he felt ‘somewhat spurned’ by Ms Cooper, while drinking in the Lord John pub in Stroud.
The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide and a post-mortem showed he died from head injuries on October 21 last year.
The final moments of Mr Holloway were captured on CCTV. Around half an hour after this footage was taken, the teenager jumped to his death
Mr Holloway’s funeral. A post-mortem found he had a blood alcohol reading of 140mgs – approaching twice the legal limit for a driver
Mr Holloway, from Painswick, Gloucestershire, had a blood alcohol reading of 140mgs – approaching twice the legal limit for a driver.
Det Con Mark Sallis, who investigated the death, said he was filmed on CCTV walking to the car park from the pub and then impacting after his fall but no independent witnesses had been found.
At the top of the car park there were spots of blood at the point where he jumped which were consistent with other evidence pointing to him suffering a nose bleed at that time, the officer said.
Det Con Sallis said he interviewed Ms Cooper, who had been with Mr Holloway and others in the pub that night.
He was picking up bottles and glasses and dropping them and he became so aggressive that the group decided to move on without him, she stated.
She and the other friends went to the nearby Lloyds bank cashpoint and while there they saw Mr Holloway walk past them.
Ms Cooper said she had told him that night about ‘the issues I had with him and why I stopped talking to him.’
She added ‘It was a little awkward with him that night. He drank four shots and was drunk by 8.30pm.
‘He started getting a little aggressive and saying how disrespectful it was that I had not replied to his messages. ‘
He also held a bottle aggressively towards another friend, Ethan Quinlan, she sad.
A coroner ruled that Mr Holloway had killed himself, though she said the teenager may have had only a ‘fleeting’ intention to kill himself
Mr Holloway’s desperate sister issued a plea for information following her brother’s suicide
Det Con Sallis said that on checking Mr Holloway’s phone he found a WhatsApp message he sent last May to a contact in Germany called Eric saying ‘Have you ever wanted to jump off a high place?’
He also spoke to Eric about his wish to get a girlfriend.
The officer also gave details of Facebook contact Mr Holloway had with Ms Cooper in the period leading up to his death.
On October 20 he messaged her saying, ‘You obviously have a problem with me. At least give me the respect of a reply. ‘
Ms Cooper: ‘You embarrassed me and yourself in front of my housemates. You shouted at me.’
He messaged back saying ‘When I get drunk I do shout a lot – and not very nice things, I know.’
The next day he told her ‘You don’t even know what I’m capable of drunk.’
He went on that he felt ‘sad and pathetic’ and that he was ‘all alone in Stroud’.
Mr Sallis said: ‘As he has sent these messages and also took photos of the top of the car park I took the view that he intended to end his own life. My view is that for some reason he was battling demons. I don’t know why.’
The coroner added: ‘He was an 18-year-old man and he wanted a girlfriend and that was playing on his mind at the time. He had also felt somewhat spurned by the recent encounter with a girl and that was playing on his mind too.
‘On this night, clearly, there was awkwardness between himself and this girl and he was drinking and had become increasingly aggressive. ‘
He probably felt even more rejected when the group of friends separated themselves from him, the coroner said.
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