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Inquest: Man with OCD jumped from the top of The Mall's multi-storey car park in Romney Place

By David Gazet

A 69-year-old retired cleaner suffering from extreme obsessive compulsive disorder climbed to the top of a multi-storey car park and threw himself off, an inquest heard.

Peter Watson left a letter to his brother at his home John Street, Maidstone before climbing to the eighth floor of the block next to The Mall in Romney Place and ending his life on the evening of Sunday, March 19.

A shopper parked at Sainsbury’s nearby saw what happened and called police, but Mr Watson died at the scene from multiple injuries.

A view of Sainsbury's in Romney Place, Maidstone. Picture: Google Maps
A view of Sainsbury's in Romney Place, Maidstone. Picture: Google Maps

A hearing at Archbishop’s Palace yesterday heard how Mr Watson’s condition left him feeling everything around him was contaminated, but had been reluctant to seek help and had withdrawn from society.

Giving evidence, Neil Martin, Acting Detective Sergeant at Kent Police, said security cameras showed Mr Watson was alone at the time of his death and there was no evidence of third party involvement.

The inquest was at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone
The inquest was at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone

He said the police investigation found Mr Watson suffered from mental health issues and officers found the suicide note when they searched his home.

Senior coroner Patricia Harding recorded a verdict of suicide.

If you would like confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time.

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