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Recovering addict fell to his death after quitting rehab.

A RECOVERING heroin addict plunged to his death from a city centre car park after slashing his wrists, an inquest heard.

Craig Mannion, aged 33, had been battling drug addiction for several years but had made good progress in his recovery, the court heard.

But last September, he walked out of a rehab centre and days later, on September 6, fell to his death from the multistorey car park at Snow Hill Station.

e previous day he had been treated at City Hospital for wounds to his wrists but left the accident and emergency department before he could be assessed by doctors from the mental health team.

Area coroner Zafar Siddique said it was not clear beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Mannion, of Oliver Street, Nechells, had intended to commit suicide and recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

During the hearing, at Birmingham Coroner's Court, Mr Mannion's dad, Peter, said: "He was just a nice young man.

"He had problems over the years but had made very good progress. He was just a lovely lad."

Mr Mannion said his son had left the Park House drug rehabilitation scheme and not been allowed back in without going through the formal application process.

Several witnesses told the hearing Craig had been calm in the days before his death and showed no signs he intended to harm himself.

Coroner Mr Siddique said: "I am not satised he did intend to take his own life. My conclusion is one of accidental death."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 19, 2014
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