Richard Knox, a farmer of Farriers Way, suffered multiple injuries after being involved in a head-on collision in May of 2020. He was due to appear before magistrates on 25th September 2020 after being charged with drink driving in relation to the incident.
His body was discovered by a dog walker near Whale Chine and was recovered from the foot of cliffs just 7 days before his scheduled appearance.
Multiple emergency services attended the incident including the Police, Coastguard Rescue Teams, Rescue Helicopter 175, and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Coastguard teams abseiled down the cliff to the location of the body to recover it, as reported by Island Echo.
A statement read to the Isle of Wight Coroners Court at his inquest, written by his brother, revealed that Mr Knox had convinced himself he would be sentenced to prison, which had an adverse effect on his depression and anxiety.
Coroner, Caroline Sumeray, said that Mr Knox was being prosecuted for drink driving, and this charge was playing on his mind – despite the fact that it was extremely unlikely he would have gone to prison, which he would have learned should he had sought legal advice.
Mrs Sumeray was satisfied that Mr Knox had the intention of ending his life and purposefully cycled off of the cliff. His cause of death was attributed to multiple traumatic injuries.
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