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The Daily Mail
By Steph Cockroft for MailOnline
Published: 17:12 GMT, 5 January 2016 | Updated: 05:43 GMT, 6 January 2016
- Anthony Phillip hit train with such force that his body burst through the car
- 25-year-old jumped in front of train at Raynes Park station, south London
- Financial controller was depressed after learning of his girlfriend’s suicide
- Coroner recorded narrative verdict after Mr Phillip left note saying he would ‘never be happy’
The body of a City worker who threw himself under a train ended up in the cab next to the horrified driver.
The train hit Anthony Phillip with such force that his body burst through the car door at the front of the train.
The 25-year-old took his own life in Raynes Park Railway Station in Wimbledon, south west London, after learning that his American girlfriend, whom he had met online, had committed suicide
An inquest into his death heard how the news had sent the qualified football coach – who worked as a financial controller in the city – into a spiral of depression.
A signed note found in his bedroom after his death read: ‘I know I will never be happy and I am not staying here in pain any longer’.
The inquest heard how Mr Phillip was captured on CCTV entering the station just before 6.30am in July last year.
He walked through a crowd of commuters before jumping onto the tracks. The South West train was travelling between Guildford and London at the time.
The court heard that Mr Phillip had been bullied at school and struggled to shake of the depression he developed as a result.
He was hospitalised in 2010 after a paracetamol overdose but was assessed as low risk. He appeared to on the road to recovery until the news of his girlfriend’s death, the hearing was told.
Mr Phillip was a qualified football coach who had taken his FA coaching badges. He had recently applied for a job as a youth coach at his boyhood team Fulham FC, where he was shortlisted in the final four.
The incident prompted rush-hour chaos. The train was travelling between London and Guildford
But, after his girlfriend’s death, he began seeing his GP about his low moods.
He started anti-depressants and was due for a mental health review when he died.
The hearing heard how, in the days leading up to the incident, he had told family members he no longer needed to make decision about life and felt that he would never have a family of his own or a relationship.
His mother was the last person to see him alive and they stayed up chatting and laughing with him until midnight the day before the incident.
In a letter written to the court, his parents described him as a ‘very active boy who excelled at running and football’ and who ‘loved the outdoors.’
A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be multiple catastrophic injuries caused by the impact with the train.
Senior coroner Fiona Wilcox said: ‘Mr Phillip was just 25 years old at the time of his death, he had a long history of depressive illness which may well have been instigated the school bullying he suffered.
‘His illness relapsed and remitted but there is no doubt that his mood lowered due to a friend of his, whom he was very close to, taking their own life.
‘I would like to pass my condolences to his friends and family as well as the driver of the train who was clearly highly traumatised.’
Dr Wilcox recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Phillip, from Wimbledon, had taken his own life whilst suffering from depressive illness.