A man died after falling out of the window of his flat in Bishop's Waltham, an inquest heard.

Martin Peter Vidler, 45, was found on March 21 below the skylight of his flat on Elim Close.

Statements were read out by senior coroner Christopher Wilkinson which provided an overview of the events leading up to Mr Vidler's death.

In statements provided by Mr Vidler's mother, Heather Ayres and son, Louie Austin, the inquest heard he had been with his family on the day before he died.

They were aware that he was in an on and off relationship with a woman called Gamma Ford.

His family thought Mr Vidler seemed normal when they last saw him, but he spoke about the fact he had been arrested a few days earlier after an alleged assault on Ms Ford.

In a statement sent by Ms Ford, she said: “Martin would turn violent with alcohol and would take cocaine. I saw him on March 17 and he accused me of cheating.”

Ms Ford detailed how he had been violent towards her, but did not initially report it to the police. However he was arrested a few days later after Ms Ford reported it, but was released without charge.

Mr Vidler's body was found by passers-by, Nathan Giles and Nick Dyer, in the area on March 21. They said he was naked and face down, next to his flat. This was when police and ambulance was called to the scene.

The post mortem, carried out by Dr Adnan Al-Badri, found in the toxicology report that Mr Vidler was two and a half times over the drink drive limit and was found to have used cocaine.

The inquest heard that police at the scene found that there was no suspicious activity from the flat, which was secured from the inside.

Concluding, Mr Wilkinson said: “Martin Peter Vidler was a kind and gentle man, however he struggled with relationships. When relationships broke down, he turned to alcohol and cocaine.

“He had been suffering with depression, but was at low risk of self-harm. On the night of his death, had drank vodka and evidence indicates he had used cocaine.

“Sitting by his window, smoking, he may have dropped his phone or dropped it when he fell. He fell head first and suffered unsurvivable injuries.

“The cause of death is due to severe chest injury due to a fall from his window. Also contributed by alcohol and cocaine use.”