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Death fall man had been in psychiatric hospital

A VULNERABLE young man with mental health problems died after falling off a railway tunnel, an inquest was told.

Police were called after Marc Vallins, 23, of Chelmar Road, Chatham, had died from head injuries in August after plunging 60ft from the top of Luton Arches onto a railway line below.

Mr Vallans, who lived in a supported housing unit, spent the month before his death in a psychiatric hospital.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Matthew Debenham, giving evidence at the inquest at Medway Coroner’s Court, said: “He admitted himself to a psychiatric ward because he felt people were trying to kill him, but there was no evidence this was true.

“He said he had been molested at Sunday school and thought the man who had done it was after him. His condition improved after medication and he was released.”

Stephen Beck, deputy coroner for Mid and North Kent, recorded an open verdict, saying there was insufficient evidence that Mr Vallins intended to take his own life.

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