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Tributes paid to man who fell to death from tower block balcony
THE neighbours of a man who fell to his death from a Southampton tower block balcony have paid tribute to him as a “lovely guy”.
Jason Kelly plunged five storeys from Holyrood House in the Holyrood Estate and died at the foot of the block despite paramedics’ desperate attempts to save him Yesterday a coroner opened an inquest into the 43-year-old’s death, six days after he fell from the ninestorey tower.
Witnesses described seeing a chair tumble from a window and then Mr Kelly plunging from a balcony.
Neighbours say he moved to the estate four months previously from his home in Bournemouth where his mother and family live.
He is believed to have returned from a trip to the town in the days before his death.
Leon Sails was leaving his third floor flat when he heard Mr Kelly fall and rushed to his aid.
The 28-year-old car valeter said: “It’s totally devastating and it’s had a real impact on me.
“He was a nice person and I spoke to him quite regularly and in the past I have given him furniture to help him out.”
“It’s quite scary and I have found it difficult sleeping as I keep thinking about it.”
Leon’s partner Cindy Vokes, 25, said: “I’m really shocked and can’t believe it. He was a lovely guy and his mum must be devastated.”
A 43-year-old woman who wished to remain anonymous said: “It is so sad.
“He used to walk around the estate in his shorts and T-shirt and his black JD bag, but I hadn’t seen him for a few days before the fall.
“I keep on looking up there and feeling for the people who live up there.”
Shalom Bhopal who works at the Texaco garage across the road where Mr Kelly was a regular customer, said: “It is really sad news he was very quiet and reserved but he was a very good customer and who was friendly with the staff.”
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