Man died after bridge jump days after being discharged from Bradgate Unit at Glenfield Hospital
A 24-year-old man died after jumping off a bridge onto a dual carriageway 11 days after being discharged from a mental health unit, an inquest heard yesterday.
Kieran Hurst, who had a long history of mental health problems, was pronounced dead at the scene in Braunstone Way, Braunstone Town, after being allowed home from the Bradgate Unit at Glenfield Hospital.
Mr Hurst's father, Raymond Hurst, told a hearing at Leicester Town Hall yesterday that he and his wife had not been consulted about the decision to discharge their son.
Mr Hurst, of Ravenhurst Road, Braunstone Town, said: "I felt the medical people did not consider us as being part of a medical care team.
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"I think we should have been involved. I think it was essential that we be involved."
Mr Hurst told the inquest his son had stormed out of the family home following a row on September 25, 2011.
Giving evidence, cyclist Stuart Henson told how he had seen a young man standing on the railings of a footbridge over Braunstone Way.
Mr Henson told the court: "I said, 'You don't want to be standing there, mate'. He turned round and looked at me. He was very distressed."
Mr Henson, 41, of Leicester, said he moved away to try to calm the man down but as he reached into his rucksack for a mobile to call 999, he jumped.
Pathologist Lawrence Brown said Mr Hurst died of a severe skull fracture.
The hearing continues today.