Narrative verdict in New Year's Day Briton Ferry bridge death
A MOTHER has paid tribute to her son who died on New Year's Day, following an inquest into his death.
Jake James-Roberts, aged 20, died after jumping from the old Briton Ferry bridge in the early hours of January 1. A coroner recorded a narrative verdict yesterday.
Speaking after the inquest, mum, Lisa Roberts, said she was pleased at the verdict, adding: "It's blown the family apart, there's a massive space now, we will never forget him."
The inquest heard Mr James-Roberts and girlfriend Natalie Davies had been celebrating New Year's Eve with friends Marcus Pearce and Natalie Jarvis.
DC Claire Workman, told the court that Mr James-Roberts and Ms Davies had gone to the home of Mrs Roberts — his mum — during the evening, where they had been given money and some drinks, and exchanged good wishes.
They then attended a party at Windsor Road, Neath, driving to the venue. They drank, took cocaine and danced, before going back to the Briton Ferry Road home of Ms Davies, where arguments broke out between both couples.
Mr James-Roberts then took the keys for Ms Davies's jeep, which was parked on Windsor Road, and left.
Mr Pearce and Ms Jarvis, who had left Briton Ferry Road, saw Mr James-Roberts driving the vehicle on Windsor Road. He told them to tell Natalie he loved her.
Police were called after he'd taken the keys, but en-route heard of an incident at Briton Ferry bridge, where two members of the public were trying to talk a man down.
PC Matthew Kingdom said he and PC Peter Jenkins both tried to talk down Mr James-Roberts at the scene. He jumped from the bridge, landing 50 to 60ft below the A48 bridge, causing multiple injuries.
Deputy coroner Paul Bennett recorded a narrative verdict, saying: "Jake James-Roberts died as a consequence of self-inflicted injuries while his state of mind was impaired by drug and alcohol consumption. His intention was unclear."