Cornwall

Porthleven cliff victim Matthew Pollard had 'impulse actions'

A man who fell to his death from cliffs in Cornwall had a history of "impulse actions", an inquest has been told.

Matthew Pollard, 20, of Mullion, Cornwall, fell about 100ft (30m) onto rocks at Porthleven in May 2010.

The Truro inquest heard the Warwick University student had talked about killing himself moments before he fell.

But Coroner Andrew Cox said he could not be sure Mr Pollard, who had mental health issues, had intended to kill himself and recorded an open verdict.

Alcohol influence

The inquest was told Mr Pollard was ejected from a masked ball by security staff after getting into a fight with a man who intervened in an argument between Mr Pollard and a girlfriend he had recently broken up with.

In a statement to the coroner, Laura Gillott said when she and Mr Pollard split up up after a five-month relationship he had "casually" talked about killing himself and on the night of the ball he told her he was going to throw himself off a cliff.

"I told him he wasn't and walked away," Miss Gillott's statement said.

Mr Pollard suffered multiple fractures and died later in the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The coroner said Mr Pollard's judgment may have been influenced by alcohol.

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