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Birmingham New Street fall victim may have followed student

Hitesh Dhirajlal Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Hitesh Dhirajlal died on 18 August, four days after leaving hospital

A man who died after being found injured on railway tracks in Birmingham may have fallen from a bridge trying to follow another man into a nightclub, an inquest has heard.

Hitesh Dhirajlal and Jeevan Singh Dhanda were found near New Street Station on 7 August and later died.

Both men, who did not know each other, had suffered injuries consistent with falling from a height.

Coroner Louise Hunt recorded a verdict of accidental death for Mr Dhirajlal.

An accidental death verdict was previously recorded for 18-year-old Mr Dhanda, from Walsall, at a hearing in November.

Giving evidence at the latest hearing, Det Con Timothy Friend said it was not clear why 31-year-old Mr Dhirajlal had climbed over the bridge.

But he said he may have been following Mr Dhanda, who had earlier been ejected from Snobs nightclub and was probably looking for a way back inside. Snobs has since moved from Paradise Circus to Smallbrook Queensway.

'Heroin problem'

He said: "It appears Hitesh sees Mr Dhanda up that alleyway... whether he asked what he was doing and decided he wanted to go as well, I don't know."

Image copyright Jevan's family, via British Transport Police
Image caption A verdict of accidental death was recorded for Jeevan Singh Dhanda in November

The inquest at Birmingham Coroners Court was told Mr Dhirajlal, originally from West Bromwich but living in Grosvenor Road in Perry Barr, Birmingham, had a heroin problem.

He suffered "severe injuries" including broken ribs and a broken spine during the fall.

But doctors failed to spot a liver laceration and he died four days after being discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar, who concluded Mr Dhirajlal died of pneumonia due to chest and abdominal injuries, said it was an unusual case because he had "never seen anyone with this extent of injuries being discharged before".

Professor Sir Keith Porter, from the hospital, said liver injuries were hard to detect on scans. He also said that even if they had known about the liver injury they would not have acted differently.

Making her conclusions, Coroner Louise Hunt said: "When he [Mr Dhirajlal] went home he had no sign of any ongoing problems that could have caused his death.

"Ultimately, it was the fall that killed him."

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