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Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A MAN who had previously been notified to police as a risk on the railway committed suicide by walking in front of a train, an inquest heard.
David Cameron Scott, 44, of Dartmouth Avenue, Almondbury, was first brought to the attention of British Transport Police in September 2009, when he was found at the side of the track near Marsden station.
He was uninjured in the incident, but treated by the crisis team at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and made the subject of a British Transport Police plan to protect himself and the public.
But on April 23 this year, Mr Scott went on the railway track at Bradley Junction at around 2.05pm and died when he was struck by a train.
British Transport Police (BTP) and West Yorkshire Police attended along with Paramedics from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed the death was not suspicious.
The train involved was the 1.06pm Manchester Airport to Newcastle service.
Pathologist Dr Richard Knight said in a statement: “It was Mr Scott’s intention to walk in front of a moving train. He died instantly.”
A post-mortem examination showed he suffered compound crushing to his skull and the cause of death was confirmed as multiple injuries.
The court heard how Mr Scott wrote a suicide note which was recovered with his body.
A toxicology report showed he was not under the influence of alcohol and had a low level antidepressant in his system, which would be consistent with normal dosing.
Coroner Professor Paul Marks said he was satisfied David Scott intended to take his own life.
He recorded a verdict of suicide and expressed the court’s sympathy to his family.