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Car park death

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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A MIGRANT worker who was found dead in his car in the Hollows car park in Burton is thought to have been depressed and lonely before he died, an inquest has heard.

The body of Pavel Klima was found by an early morning dog walker on March 3. The engine on his Nissa Primera was running, and a pipe was running from the exhaust into one of the windows.

The 38-year-old Czech national was pronounced dead by ambulance crews when they arrived shortly afterwards.

Detective sergeant Ian Fitzgerald told the inquest: “Evidence suggests that Mr Klima intended to drive his car to the Hollows with the intention of committing suicide. The method he chose required some level of prior preparation.

“The exact reason remains open to speculation, but anecdotal evidence suggests he was depressed at the time, and possibly lonely.”

Mr Klima arrived in the UK from the Czech Republic around four years ago, after suffering money problems in his home country. He initially went to Liverpool, before moving to Burton and finding work in the warehouse at Tesco and then as a picker at Waterstone’s distribution centre.

He lived in a house of multiple occupancy on Anglesey Road in Burton.

His friends and housemates said he was ‘quiet’ and ‘kept himself to himself’, choosing to spend a lot of time alone in his bedroom, the detective told the inquiry.

Officers were unable to uncover any sort of ‘suicide note’ at his house and friends said they had not been particularly concerned for his welfare in the days and weeks leading to his death.

He was last seen two days before he was found.

Mr Klima leaves behind a teenage daughter, who lives in the Czech Republic.

At the inquest, held on Wednesday at Burton Town Hall,South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of suicide.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, there is no doubt that Mr Klima intended to kill himself and he has done so.

“I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was suicide.

“I think it’s sad that Mr Klima has come to this country to work and improve things for himself and his family, and I am sorry he has died in these sad circumstances.”

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