Man plunged to death at airport
Homeless person killed himself at T5
A HOMELESS man leapt four floors to his death at Heathrow, an inquest was told.
Marco Briccocola jumped from the top floor at Terminal 5 on the morning of February 28 last year, landing outside the staff entrance to the Windsor Suite in arrivals.
An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court on Friday February 5 was told a passing employee administered CPR but the 45-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The court heard how the Italian had travelled from his native Rome to London in 2001 and had held a number of jobs in the UK.
In 2004, he met his wife Pia and they had a son, but the mother and child returned to her family in India and Mr Briccocola never saw his son again, despite many trips to Calcutta. His mother-inlaw refused to reveal their whereabouts, according to a statement by the deceased’s brother, Giampiero.
The inquest heard how Mr Briccocola had been stopped by police in Heathrow Terminal 3 three days before his death.
He initially told officers he was due to fly but later admitted being homeless and was ejected from the airport.
Police found a scrap of paper on his body with his wife’s name and an Italian phone number.
Another piece of paper listed a property in New Road, Bedfont.
The landlady there told police she had agreed the day before he died to let the property to him.
Senior coroner Chinyere Inyama recorded verdict of suicide.