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Man’s death ‘accidental’

A SHIRLEY man died from head injuries after trying to climb out of an underground car park, an inquest has heard.

A SHIRLEY man died from head injuries after trying to climb out of an underground car park, an inquest has heard.

Christopher Clarke, aged 21, was escorted out of the Oceana Night Club, in Birmingham, in February 2007.

He found himself trapped in the parking area and attempted to climb out, but had fallen and suffered fatal head injuries.

Birmingham and Solihull Coroner Aidan Cotter recorded a verdict of accidental death.

“The coroner’s court is not interested in blame, but we are interested in making sure that lessons are learned,” he said.

“Night clubs have a very important duty to make sure that young people, and not so young people, are looked after.”

Andrew Lucas, an environmental health officer from Birmingham City Council, had explained the evening’s events.

Christopher had been enjoying a night out at the popular venue, when he was asked to leave for taking a glass bottle onto the dance-floor.

A doorman took him out through a fire exit, into a private car park - which was surrounded on all sides by buildings.

“There were no witnesses, but it’s believed that Mr Clarke had attempted to climb out, lost his footing and fell approximately five metres to the ground,” said Mr Lucas.

He was discovered by a passer-by in the early hours of the morning and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem, carried out by pathologist Simon Trotter, showed that Christopher had suffered head injuries consistent with a fall.

Christopher’s parents, Graham and Carol Clarke, told the coroner they didn’t have anything to add, but agreed with the verdict.

 

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