Coroner hits out after jump death

A CORONER has criticised Leeds Mental Health Trust, after a patient jumped from the top of a multi-storey car park.

West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said the fact Nikolais Powell had been allowed to discharge himself from hospital was "imprudent" or rash.

Mr Powell, 44, was seen falling from the upper storeys of the car park at Leeds General Infirmary, landing on a van.

He died instantly on September 13 last year, and was found to have alcohol and prescribed medication in his system.

He had been allowed to discharge himself from mental health care just days before, on the agreement of consultant psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Millard, at the Becklin Centre, LGI.

There was no place for him at Hawthorn House day hospital at St Mary's Hospital, Armley.

Mr Powell, who lived alone at Parliament Place, Wortley, had suffered mental health problems for 20 years.

A verdict that he killed himself was recorded by Mr Hinchliff.