Passengers in Prestatyn watched man throw himself under train

Published date: 17 December 2013 |
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RAIL passengers watched in horror as a man threw himself in front of a train approaching a station, an inquest heard.

Among those waiting on the platform on July 17 was David Collins, of Glyn Avenue, Prestatyn.

He told the inquest he thought the man was tying his shoelaces as he bent over.

But the man, 60-year-old Emlyn Davies, of Nant y Coed, Holywell, then seemed to roll forward into the path of the train as it pulled up.

An inquest in Ruthin yesterday heard Mr Davies had been suffering from depression and paranoia for some years and had spent several periods in hospital.

He told doctors and his family that he sometimes believed people were following him and talking about him.

In May Mr Davies underwent electro-convulsive therapy (ERT) but it was stopped when he refused to take any more of the medication prescribed to counteract some of the physical effects of the treatment. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Martin Jones said they could not be sure whether continued ECT would have improved his condition.

In a statement to police, the train driver, Andy Nolan, said he saw a man wearing an Everton shirt as he pulled into Prestatyn station and he seemed to be waving his arms about.

He then jumped in front of the train and there was a judder.

“It felt like something on TV and as if it was not really happening,” he said.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Davies died of chest trauma.

Recording a narrative conclusion, John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said Mr Davies had acted while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

He told members of Mr Davies’s family that there was nothing more they could have done for him during his illness

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