Brit dad fell to death from holiday balcony after row with partner on night out
A dad fell to his death from a hotel room in Greece after an argument with his partner on a night out, an inquest has heard.
Martin Daniel Rich, 34, was on holiday with his co-workers and his partner, Elizabeth Lakic, in Athens in October 2018.
The inquest heard how Martin, from Grimsby, had returned to his hotel room with Elizabeth after a night out, with continued there and Martin left the room to go for a cigarette.
When he returned, he threatened to jump from the balcony, and made his way there despite an attempt to stop him from his partner.
After climbing over the balcony’s fence, he fell to his death, Grimsby Live reports.
The hearing, which was held at Cleethorpes Town Hall, heard that Martin had battled with his mental health and had previously threatened to take his own life.
The coroner recorded an open verdict into his death as it was unclear whether Mr Rich had intended to fall from the balcony.
A statement from Elizabeth said: “We bickered for a bit and then he went out to go for a cigarette.
“I heard him say I’m going to jump and was running for the patio door. I jumped out of bed and tried to grab him. I was shouting at him as he was climbing over the bar of the balcony and I saw him let go and fall.
“I quickly put clothes on and started banging on the doors and screaming, where his friend Mark, come out and helped me.”
A post-mortem found that Martin had 185mg of alcohol per 100ml in his blood, over double the limit for driving.
He also had the anti-depressant, Citalopram, present in his blood and urine.
The inquest also heard from Martin’s ex-wife, Michaela, who he had separated from six months before his death.
She said he used alcohol as a coping mechanism.
She said: “Throughout our relationship he would always use alcohol socially and as a coping mechanism.
“I do not believe he was a normal alcoholic. If he did not have money he would not buy anything, but would if he did.
“He was a boisterous drunk, the life of a party, as well as emotional.”
She said Martin’s mental health took a major hit when his daughter, Lyla Mae, passed away due to Non-ketotic Hyperglycinemia in August 2017.
Lyla Mae’s brother, Jensen, has the same illness as his sister.
Martin also lost custody of his two older sons, from a former relationship, which also had a big impact on him.
He had started taking anti-depressants, but not for long, and instead threw himself into work to try and deal with the loss.
Michaela said: “Despite what we had been through, and the issues he had, he found his own way of coping. I did not consider him to be out of control.
“He had a positive mindset most of the time, other than occasional days around important date such as my daughter’s birthday.”
However, when they had split up previously, Martin had sent Michaela photos of him threatening to kill himself.
She said: “When I had split up with him, on three separate occasions he sent me photos. He was only doing it to get attention and help because he didn’t know how to get it otherwise.
“Martin was a sad drunk, he would always start off happy but then it would turn sad.
“I know Martin was prescribed antidepressants once more but he did not want to stay on because it meant he couldn’t drink.”
In the month prior to his death, Martin had visited the GP to get help with his depression, with the doctor seeing a positive response from his first check-up.
Coroner Martin Kendall, was unable to determine if he had deliberately intended to end his life or if it was accidental.
In his conclusion, he said: “The difficulty I have is that Mr Rich was in drink, and the nature of his behaviour has happened before when he was in drink.
“It is because of this I cannot conclude it was intentional suicide, as he may have tried to do it as part of his attention seeking, and sadly fell to his death.
“It is because of this that I have to put it as an open conclusion, as I cannot decide between the two possible causes of death.”
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