source: Birmingham Mail
published: 28 April 2014
A man who plunged to his death from a tower block while trying to escape arrest messaged his girlfriend minutes before, telling her: “Feds at the door. I’m spooked.”
After sending the alert, Demetre Fraser was found at the foot of Moor House in Druids Heath. He had plummeted from the 11th floor.
A jury at Birmingham Coroner’s Court found the 21-year-old, originally from the Peckham area of London, fell from the balcony of the flat and later died of multiple injuries at the QE Hospital.
They recorded: “Demetre wanted to avoid arrest and tried to exit the flat using the balcony which resulted in a fall, causing multiple injuries which led to his death.”
During a day long hearing, the inquest heard Demetre was on bail and living at his cousin’s flat in Moor House.
But after an alleged breach of curfew, two officers were sent to arrest him on May 31, 2011. As they knocked on the door of the 11th floor flat, Demetre tried to use the balcony to escape.