Disturbed student, 24, ran over cliff edge

WALKERS at Beachy Head watched in horror as a student ran twice towards the cliff edge.

At first they thought James Handley was playing a practical joke.

But then he clutched his head, screamed and ran back a third time before disappearing over the edge.

An inquest at Eastbourne heard how the 24-year-old from Folkestone had a history of mental health problems and previous suicide attempts.

He had also been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and was recently found to have Asperger’s Syndrome.

German tourist Matthias Huhn alerted rescue services and a search by Sussex Police helicopter and Coastguard crews found the student’s body at the foot of the cliffs.

His mother Carol Handley said, “His ambition was to get married and have a family, but he realised that was never going to happen.”

Leanne Richardson, his sister, added, “He was hard working and popular but someone once rightly summed him up as being the right person on the wrong planet.”

East Sussex coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict that Mr Handley took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.