Man died jumping from Ibiza balcony hours after ‘wonderful’ call with parents

A man jumped to his death from the seventh floor balcony of his apartment block in Ibiza, an inquest heard.

Christopher Neate, 36, from Sale, Greater Manchester, had a history of mental health issues but sounded upbeat just before his death in August last year, the inquest heard.

In a "wonderful conversation" with his parents hours before he died, Christopher mentioned plans to fly home to see them.

Dad John Neate said Christopher left out of the blue for seasonal work in Ibiza several months earlier in March in a bid to improve his mental health, M.E.N reports.

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Once settled on the party island, bartender Christopher maintained regular contact with his parents until their final phone call on August 13, five hours before he died.

John told Stockport Coroner's Court: "We were just so relieved, that made the news that next day so much harder. He seemed like his old self."

A policeman delivered news of their tragic loss, the next morning on August 14 which left the family "completely devastated", Stockport Coroner's Court heard.

Police Coroner's Officer Rita Wilkinson said Christopher had been at his apartment on Calle Vara de Rey with his flatmates on the night he died.

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"From the accounts of his flatmates, up until half an hour before there was no indication this would happen.

"All of a sudden there was a trigger. Nobody knows what. They didn't know what caused him to jump from that balcony," she said.

There was nothing suspicious about his death and the police were able to rule out third party involvement, the court heard.

No note was left at the scene.

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PCO Wilkinson said Spanish police officers arrived at the scene at around 2am on August 14.

They were told "a male had jumped from a balcony".

His flatmates, who identified Christopher, "knew he had jumped rather than fallen", they said.

He had cocaine "in his system" but no illicit drugs were found at the property.

A toxicology report showed that Christopher had traces of cocaine, alcohol, and antidepressants in his system.

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The cocaine "may have affected his cognitive behaviour", the court heard.

His cause of death was recorded as "traumatic brain injury".

Christopher had a history of mental health problems, he was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression and then bipolar in 2014.

Things began looking up, but by 2017, he was struggling again.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News following the inquest, John said: "You can only imagine what the shock is like. We believed everything was OK.

"To have that knock on the door, after we'd had that wonderful conversation a few hours before. Something happened in his mind, what it was I don't know."

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