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Nelson man found hanging by canal
A LITHUANIAN man on bail for attacking his former partner was found hanging near a canal, an inquest heard.
Eimantas Levickas had threatened to throw himself from a four-storey window and cut his own wrist with a kitchen knife when Jurgita Jurkskaite had told him she was leaving him on previous occasions, Burnley Coroner's Court was told.
But when Mr Levickas called his former lover, shortly before his death on May 1, he sounded calm, according to Miss Jurkskaite.
She said he asked her to consider dropping an assault allegation against him so he ‘would not go to prison’, the hearing was told. But Miss Jurkskaite, who had been receiving between 30 and 40 calls a day from Mr Levickas, ended the call, as she had been advised to by police. She said: “I would not have hung up on him if I thought he was going to kill himself.”
But the following day she was told he had been found hanging in a remote spot near the Leeds Liverpool Canal. She later told police it was a place where they used to go walking together and he would often fish, the inquest heard.
Mr Levickas, 29, of Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, had traces of cocaine, cannabis and paracetamol in his system at the time of his death. But consultant pathologist Dr Mohammed Al-Daoud said in a statement that the substances would not have had a bearing on the cause of his death, which was given as hanging.
Recording a suicide verdict, East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor said he was satisfied, given the background to the case, that Mr Levickas had intended to take his own life.