Men roped to­gether died af­ter leap from bridge, in­quest told

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TWO MEN found tied to­gether on a beach had died af­ter jump­ing from the Me­nai Bridge, an in­quest has ruled.

The bod­ies of Richard Adam Hol­lis, 36, and Nathan Jor­dan Or­ritt, 18, were found on Di­nas Ll­wyd beach, near New­bor­ough in An­gle­sey, on Fe­bru­ary 9 this year.

Mr Hol­lis was miss­ing the lower part of his right leg and his foot, which had been found two days ear­lier near Y Felin­heli, in Gwynedd.

The men were from Pre­ston and Black­pool re­spec­tively and had been in Wales for a mat­ter of days.

In Mr Or­ritt’s pock­ets were a Conwy county li­brary card and a phone.

He had reg­is­tered an ac­count with the county’s li­brary ser­vice a week ear­lier, on Fe­bru­ary 2, and work­ers said he used Conwy li­brary’s com­puter for around an hour and a half to search for jobs and places to rent in the area.

Po­lice who tracked Mr Or­ritt’s phone found the pair had worked their way around the coast from Conwy, even­tu­ally end­ing up near the Me­nai Bridge.

The last call from the phone was made to 999 at 11.51pm on Fe­bru­ary 5, just nine min­utes be­fore Mr Hol­lis’ 37th birth­day. The call lasted 52 sec­onds be­fore the op­er­a­tor hung up due to no­body talk­ing.

DC Matthew Cork­ish, of North Wales Po­lice, and pathol­o­gist Dr Brian Rodgers agreed that the men died very shortly af­ter this phone call.

Dr Rodgers said it was most likely that Mr Hol­lis lost his leg in the fall.

He said the men would have been pulled un­der­wa­ter and died “very quickly”.

Dewi Pritchard Jones, se­nior coro­ner for North West Wales, recorded the of­fi­cial cause of death as drown­ing at Dafydd Or­wig coun­cil cham­ber in Caernar­fon on Thurs­day.

He also con­cluded that the pair com­mit­ted sui­cide on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties.

“Both men were fit and healthy and I can only con­clude they climbed over the bar­rier,” said Mr Pritchard Jones.

“Be­cause they were roped to­gether, they fell to­gether. They may have hit the bridge struc­ture or may have hit one of the rocks at the bot­tom. The in­juries are ex­tremely com­pat­i­ble with a fall from a great height.

“Did they die as a re­sult of their own ac­tions? In my view, yes. I can’t think of any other ex­pla­na­tion why some­one would throw them­selves off a bridge. The ver­dict recorded will be that each of the de­ceased did kill him­self.”

> Nathan Jor­dan Or­ritt

> The Me­nai Bridge

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