Tragedy as Walsall mechanic throws himself from tree after marriage collapse

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A Polish motor vehicle technician died after plunging 40 ft from a tree following the break-up of his marriage, an inquest heard.

Radoslaw Poplawski suffered fatal injuries following the fall in Rushall on April 24. At an inquest this week, Assistant Black Country Coronor Mr Angus Smillie reached a conclusion that the 28-year-old killed himself.

During the hearing he heard how police were called to the home of Mr Poplawski earlier in the day after his wife reported that he had locked himself in the cloakroom armed with a knife.

But Mr Poplawski, known as Raduk, got out and fled in the direction of fields at the rear of the property, in Rough Brook Road, at about 11am.

Sgt Andrew Hefferman, of Walsall police, told the hearing of the search for him.

He said a police helicopter and dog unit was used, but Mr Poplawski was spotted in the treetops at the bottom of his garden.

He said he fell without any warning and before being able to speak to him.

Sgt Hefferman said: "He didn't fall out of the tree.

"It was as if he was diving off a board. Unfortunately he passed away,"


A statement by Mr Poplawski's wife Sabina was read aloud at the hearing held in Smethwick Council House.

She said they wed in Poland five years ago before moving to the UK, but the marriage had difficulties due to his depression.

She said that due to her long work shifts he accused her of having an affair.

She said: "I left Radoslaw for a period of time because he did not respect me.


"We split up in 2014 - then got back together."

They broke up again and on the day of the incident he sent her a text message stating that he was 'hurting and angry'.

She went to the premises where he was staying and found a note that stated said 'remember the good times'.

A post mortem report gave the cause of death as a broken back.

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