Daily hurt over viaduct death

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The family of a 19-year-old who died when he jumped from Bennerley Viaduct in Awsworth say they are still coming to terms with his death.

Samuel Stopforth, who lived with his girlfriend at his parents’ house in Ilkeston died on the afternoon of October 1, 2012.

An inquest into his death at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court ruled that Sam took his own life while the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, following a text argument with girlfriend Hollie Dann, a transcript of which was read out in court.

This week, Sam’s dad, Adrian, said losing his son ‘hurts every day.’

“It’s really difficult when you lose somebody like that. For 19 years we did everything together, he was a mini me. It’s unconditional love and it’s hard to put into words how you feel.

“We’re still trying to come to terms with it, we never will. I don’t want another family to go through what we had to go through.”

Adrian feels the 50ft high viaduct is too easy to access.

He said: “I couldn’t believe four months after he did it somebody else fell. I know they’ll never pull it down but let’s remember it as a piece of engineering history, not a suicide spot.”

Adrian said he was ‘fun loving, always up for a laugh’ and Sam’s mum, Jane, said he was ‘very loving, very sensitive’.

Coroner Dr Robert Hunter said: “It would appear from the texts Sam was very much in love and besotted with Hollie. To say he was consumed by love is not too strong a term.”

Sam’s ashes were scattered at the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City FC.