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Road death prisoner Carl Samuel feared returning to jail, an inquest hears

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Image caption Carl Samuel died form multiple injuries after being hit by a lorry on the A14

A prisoner who was killed on a dual carriageway while on day release had earlier told his girlfriend he could not go back to jail, an inquest heard.

Carl Samuel, 22, died in January 2011 after being struck by lorry on the A14 near Levington in Suffolk.

The hip-hop MC, from Dagenham, London, was serving a five-year prison sentence in Hollesley Bay for causing death by dangerous driving.

He had also tried to take his own life in prison, the inquest was told.

The hearing in Ipswich was told that while sitting in a car in a lay-by, shortly before the incident on 15 January 2011, Samuel told Carla Fuller that he could not go back to the prison.

'Isolated and depressed'

Coroner Peter Dean read out a statement from Ms Fuller, in which she said he refused to talk to her or look at her before getting out of the car.

The jury heard Samuel, who hit and killed a pedestrian while on his motorbike in London in 2009, then took two jumps into the road.

He died from multiple injuries.

Earlier, Samuel had asked Ms Fuller to drive him to a multi-storey car park because he wanted to jump off it, the hearing was told.

In a statement, his sister Tammika told the inquest jury that "deep down, he was a broken man" after receiving his prison sentence.

She said he had become isolated and depressed once jailed, and had tried to take his own life.

"He was devastated when he was sentenced. It took him months to accept his imprisonment."

The inquest, which is expected to last two weeks, continues.

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