Leeds & West Yorkshire

Steven Parker 'leapt to death from tower block after partner'

Clyde Court, Leeds
Image caption Police said the pair fell about 250ft (76m) from windows at Clyde Court

A man who saw his girlfriend fall to her death in Leeds told police officers there was no point living and leapt after her, an inquest heard.

Steven Parker, 23, saw Kiran Creevy, 20, fall from a tower block in the city in August 2011.

He then told police who were trying to talk him down "What is the point if she is dead?", before leaping to his death.

A verdict of suicide was recorded for Mr Parker while a narrative verdict was recorded on Ms Creevy's death.

In a 999 call in the early hours of 31 August 2011, Miss Creevy, who was also known as "Kizzy" Beecher, told police the couple were going to commit suicide and they had called to make sure their bodies would be cleaned up.

Note left

After 11 minutes, officers arrived at the flat, at Clyde Court in the Armley area of Leeds, and tried to persuade the couple to climb down from separate window ledges.

Miss Creevy and Mr Parker told them to back away, before jumping in turn, leaving behind a suicide note, Det Sgt Paul Campbell said.

The court heard Mr Parker had mounting personal problems and had started a relationship with another woman.

The court was also told Miss Creevy and Mr Parker had been alcoholics who suffered from depression and anxiety.

Toxicology reports showed Mr Parker and Ms Creevy were almost two-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit on the night they died.

Mr Parker had enough paracetamol in his blood to cause liver failure and death, while Miss Creevy had taken some but it was not a fatal amount.

Coroner David Hinchcliff said: "Steven was a troubled young man beset by problems."

After questioning from Miss Creevy's family, Mr Hinchcliff and Mr Campbell said they could not be sure that she had jumped from the window ledge.

But Mr Hinchcliff said: "She has allowed herself to fall from the window."

Mr Parker and Miss Creevy died from multiple injuries sustained from a fall.

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