TORMENT OVER SON'S DEATH
by ADRIAN JENKINS
GRIEF-STRICKEN father has told of his devastation
following the death of his 'vulnerable' son who was
found hanged on his 18th birthday.
of Salisbury Avenue, Winshill, opened his heart six
weeks after the body of Jamie Clark, a 'caring,
intelligent and extrovert' character whose life was
scarred by behavioural problems, was found dead in
his YMCA flat near Burton Town Hall.
Mr Clark, 55, said he was frustrated with the
police's reluctance to explain the mysterious
circumstances surrounding his son's death, and
prosecutors' decision not to pursue a manslaughter
charge against a former suspect.
He claims that Jamie would still be alive today had
the agencies involved in his care, which had
extended offers of help since his death, done more
to meet his needs during his lifetime.
Mr Clark said: "I'm devastated. I just want the door
to open and I want Jamie to come back. I miss him.
He was not only my son, he was my friend. I could
talk to him and he could talk to me. I loved him.
"A couple of times I've thought 'I just want to join
Jamie', but I've got my daughter to consider and I'm
not that silly."
Jamie, the son of Mr Clark and his now estranged
wife, Tracy, 45, was born deaf, a condition which
triggered aggression and frustration and ensured he
would never attend a mainstream school.
Jamie was later diagnosed with attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder
and oppositional defiant disorder - conditions which
led to his treatment with the controversial
Unable to remain with his parents or at special
schools because of his 'challenging' behaviour,
Jamie was sectioned 'voluntarily' at 14 after going
on the rampage at home.
However, children's homes and even a secure unit
were unable to support him, and he moved into a flat
in Rugeley before being forced to move into his
father's home after it was broken into and trashed.
He then moved to the YMCA complex.
Little more than a week after moving in, and only
six weeks before he was due to start a management
course at Burton College, Jamie was found dead.
Mr Clark, who has never been allowed to visit the
scene of his son's death, claims police have refused
to clarify the circumstances surrounding his son's
apparently 'unsuspicious' death.
He said: "They won't tell me anything. I'm really
peeved because I'm not getting what I want. I want
answers to my questions and it's very, very hard.
"I'm tired and not sleeping. I've got medical
problems - diabetes, heart problems and high blood
pressure - and just want to get things sorted."
Mr Clark, who has yet to receive a date for the
inquest into Jamie's death, is planning to take
legal advice in a bid to overturn the Crown
Prosecution Service's decision not to pursue a
manslaughter charge connected to the case.
The funeral will be held at 12.45pm on Friday at St
Mark's Church, in Winshill, followed by cremation at
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