A taxi driver who hanged himself in a Coventry park was on police bail for a suspected sexual offence
Tarsem Lal, 34, killed himself in Longford Park on July 3, 2017 at about 7.15am.
An inquest at Coventry Council House, on Tuesday, heard that Mr Lal was found with a suicide note and was on police bail at the time of his arrest.
The Telegraph contacted West Midlands Police to find out why Mr Lal was on bail immediately after the inquest but were initially told the force would not reveal that information.
We subsequently asked the office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner for an explanation about why the information could not be revealed.
Today, West Midlands Police agreed to hand over the information and released a one line statement which read: “He was on bail following an allegation of sexual assault.”
No explanation for the change of heart, or the initial refusal to provide the information, was given.
The inquest heard that Mr Lal was originally born in India and had previously lived in West Bromwich.
But the coroner said Mr Lal was of no fixed address at the time of his death and no longer living with family.
He was 34 years old when he died and a statement from his GP said he had no history of mental health problems.
Mr Lal was a taxi driver and his car was found on nearby Cheadle Close.
The inquest heard that Mr Lal had taken his own life by hanging.
He was found by a Joan Pountney who was walking her dog at the time and, according to her witness statement, was “shocked and surprised” when she found Mr Lal.
A statement from PC Jones, of West Midlands Police, said a suicide note had been found with Mr Lal, along with his driving licence.
The officer added: “The deceased was on bail for offences.”
Giving his conclusion, Mr McGovern said: “Mr Lal was on bail at the time of his death. He was no longer living with family.
“He was a taxi driver, he was found by a member of the public in Longford Park at 7.15am on July 3, 2017.
“There’s no suggestion anybody else was involved in this incident.
The police have recovered a note. I’m satisfied his intentions were clear from that note.
“I’m satisfied he took his own life.”
He added: “My conclusion is Tarsem Lal has committed suicide. I offer my condolences to his family.”