Horrified police see man plunge to death from high-rise tower block — (The Docklands and East London Advertiser)

SSRI Ed note: Man being given antidepressants becomes paranoid, highly agitated, cuts himself then jumps to his death from a building.

Original article no longer available

The Docklands and East London Advertiser

31 October 2007

Isabel Gompertz

A MAN plunged to his death from his balcony in a high-rise tower block in front of horrified police officers.  Police were already at the block in London’s East End when Paul Mangal threw himself from a balcony, an inquest heard this week.

They were serving a warrant on another tenant at Winterton House in Deancross Street, Whitechapel, when they heard his screams as he fell.

Kitchen knives and a pool of blood were later discovered on the floor in 33-year-old Paul’s flat.

But police are convinced no-one else was involved in the death, the Poplar Coroner heard.

There were lacerations to Paul’s forehead, wrists and fingers.  But cause of death was put down to the multiple injuries received in the fall.

Officers at the scene at 8.20am on May 24 managed to identify him from an Oyster travel card found in his pocket.

Paul had previously claimed neighbours and his housing association landlords were harassing him.

But he was suffering from severe depression and had been treated briefly at St Clement’s psychiatric hospital last year, the coroner was told.

His brother Mark Mangal, who lives in the same building, told how Paul had visited him just hours before his death.  “He was in great distress, asking for mum,” Mark told the inquest.

“I saw blood in the bathroom and asked him if anything was wrong.”

“He then left the flat, I assumed to go to mum who lives in south London.”

Paul, who was diagnosed with severe depression and had been admitted to St Clement’s briefly, had cut his wrists once before.

Coroner Dr Andrew Reid noted from a medical report that Paul had been on anti-depressant drugs and his feelings of being harassed by neighbours and the housing association could have aggravated his mental distress.

There was no proof that Paul was being harassed, the coroner added, although there had been complaints about him.

Dr Reid was satisfied Paul had taken his own life, despite no suicide note found. He recorded a verdict of suicide.