THE parents of a window cleaner from Johnstone who fell 35 feet to his death after taking a ‘shortcut’ are to sue the landowner.

Mark Lafreniere reportedly climbed over a low fence in April 2016 to take a shortcut from a car park next to an M8 sliproad, where there were no warning signs of a fatal drop.

The 27-year-old fell and lay there for seven hours before he was found. He died in hospital six days later.

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His parents, Mark and Alison, are now planning to sue BT, who own the land next to a motorway flyover in the Anderston area of Glasgow.

They say the company still has no answers for what happened to their son three years ago.

“Any parent who has ever had to sit by their dying child’s bed will know the anguish we feel,” said Mark senior. “The never-ending pain of not knowing why this happened to our boy means we cannot rest until we know the truth and make sure it never happens to anyone else.”

Mark was a popular member of the local community, as was shown by the large turnout for his funeral at St Margaret’s Church, in Johnstone.

Since Mark’s death, a high fence has been erected which blocks off the path he followed that tragic night.

However, his family say that, three years on, there are still no signs to “warn the unwary.”

Joel Shaw, of Thompsons Solicitors, who is the family’s lawyer, said: “This is an utterly tragic event which has been devastating for the family. It has been caused by abject failures of those responsible for the area of land by the M8 flyover.

“Having a sudden drop by a public footpath without appropriate warnings or adequate fencing would present a real risk of death.

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“The fact that prior warnings had been made and were not acted upon makes this tragedy even more damning on those responsible.”

A spokesperson for BT said: “As this tragic incident is subject to ongoing legal proceedings, we can’t comment. We do, however, extend our sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Mark Lafreniere following their loss.”

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