Man plunged to death from Lover's Leap, inquest told

BT CUSTOMER relations manager Ian Innes plunged to his death from Lover's Leap, one of the highest formations at Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale, an inquest heard.

Coroner Geoff Fell said Mr Innes, 50, who lived in nearby Low Laithe, had been to his doctor five days before his death on April 15 complaining of pain in a knee and telling him it sometimes ‘‘gave way’’ when he was walking.

Mr Innes who regularly walked the rocks area both with his wife and alone, sometimes in the early hours when he could not sleep, had also been having problems at work. And a post mortem had revealed he had heart trouble which, according to a pathologist, might have precipitated a fall.


Karen Innes said in a statement that the couple had intended to set up home in Scotland. Her husband had spent the weekend of April 12 and 13 with her in Melrose, in the Borders, where she had begun a job as leader of an occupational therapy unit. He had travelled home on the Monday and died early the next morning.

The inquest heard Mr Innes had sought help last summer from the primary care mental heath unit but staff there had concluded he had no suicidal tendencies at the time. He had kept monthly appointments and had been assessed as at low risk of self-harm.

Mr Fell said: ‘‘I am not satisfied as to how he came to fall from Lover’s Leap and for that reason I am returning an open verdict.’’