Kilburn teenager Shaun Dykes committed suicide, inquest finds

A desperate teenager was driven to jump 60 feet to his death by the cruel taunts of the crowd below, an inquest heard.

Police negotiators, who spent over two hours trying to dissuade 17-year-old Shaun Dykes from jumping from the roof of the Westfield centre in Derby, said their work was made much more difficult by heckling from the crowd which had gathered on London Road below.

Shouts of "jump", "get on with it", and "stop wasting time" were clearly heard from the sixth floor car park, as the incident unfolded on Saturday, September 27, 2008.


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