Man found dead in East Dean pub car park

A 59-year-old man died at a pub car park in East Dean last summer.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 11:12 am

A 59-year-old man died at a pub car park in East Dean last summer.

Andrew Robertson was found dead at the car park of the Tiger Inn on July 30 last year, an inquest heard.

The hearing at Eastbourne Town Hall on Thursday (March 25), heard Mr Robertson, a former financial trader who was living in his campervan after a year of travelling, had a history of depression.

Eastbourne Town Hall (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190425-155116008

Kate Andrews, Mr Robertson’s ex-wife, said “He was a troubled man and suffered from depression for a number of years.”

Michael Glover and Lyndsey Crosswell, friends of Mr Robertson, said they saw him on July 29 following his return from travelling for a year in America and Europe.

Mr Clover and Ms Crosswell said, “He was a spiritual person and the trip was a journey of self discovery.

“He was outgoing and sociable but couldn’t stay in one place and settle.”

They said they noticed he was at a ‘low point’ when he’d returned from travelling.

On July 30 at around 2pm Martin Smith was with his family when he found Mr Robertson in the car park and called 999.

Police officers and an ambulance arrived at the scene but Mr Robertson was confirmed dead.

East Sussex coroner Alan Craze ruled Mr Robertson took his own life.

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