Man tried to save woman who fell to death

Tragic: Amy Clark, 21, who fell to her death despite desperate efforts to rescue her.
Tragic: Amy Clark, 21, who fell to her death despite desperate efforts to rescue her.
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A FORMER nursery nurse told a would-be-rescuer ‘I’ve got to go’ before she plunged to her death from a shopping centre roof, an inquest heard.

Philip Kendall told how he desperately tried to save Amy Clark, of Bolton-on-Dearne, before she fell to her death on a busy Saturday afternoon. The 21-year-old died from multiple internal injuries on April 21.

Mr Kendall said he and his partner saw two women acting strangely at the highest corner of the Alhambra Centre’s car park in Barnsley town centre.

The younger of the two was climbing up to a perimeter wall with the other holding the rear pocket of her jeans.

Mr Kendall went to help and leaned over to grab the young woman’s cardigan.

She was then on top of a seven-foot wall, lying on her stomach and swinging her legs over. He did not know if there was a sheer drop on the other side, he said.

As she slipped Mr Kendall tried to keep hold of her.

He said: “She began to roll side-to-side and wriggle from her cardi. She said in a calm voice ‘I’ve got to go’. I said no but she broke free and slipped away, over the edge of the roof. Her friend asked ‘Where is she’? I said ‘She’s gone’.”

A verdict of suicide was recorded by assistant deputy coroner Louise Slater.

Former Wath Comprehensive and Dearne Valley College student Amy, who had worked at Little Learners day nursery, run by Doncaster Deaf Trust, left a suicide note.

Her mother, Joanne Copley, of Campion Close, tearfully thanked Mr Kendall for trying to save her daughter’s life.

The inquest was told Amy had been sectioned for nine months but most recently was an informal patient receiving help for mental health issues.

Mental health nurse Chloe Lilley said she had been ‘pleasant, smiling and well-dressed,’ giving no indication she planned to take her life.