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West End Extra
Published: 8 March, 2013
by WILLIAM McLENNAN
A YOUNG father jumped to his death in front of a train at Bond Street Tube station during the morning rush hour last summer, an inquest heard this week.
Sagar Rashmikant Shah, 32, who was married with a three-year-old son, was seen to approach the Jubilee line platform three times before crouching down and jumping in front of an oncoming Tube on June 14.
PC Steve Tucker, a coroner liaison officer from British Transport Police who reviewed the CCTV footage, told Westminster Coroner’s Court on Wednesday that it appeared to be a deliberate act rather than a trip or a fall.
He ruled out any suspicious circumstances or the involvement of a third party.
The court heard that Mr Shah, who lived in Wembley, had been suffering with mental health issues for more than a decade and his private psychiatrist Michael Bristow said he was had “bipolar affective disorder”.
Dr Bristow said: “A man with obsessive traits who asked a lot of himself, and generally delivered, is vulnerable.”
A signed and dated note was found in Mr Shah’s wallet that read “DNR – do not resuscitate. My choice. I leave everything to my wife”.
The court heard that Mr Shah, who worked as a computer programmer in the City and graduated from Cambridge University, had been on various medications to control fluctuating moods and had been assessed by mental health crisis teams in Brent on two separate occasions.
A post-mortem report read to the court said that he died of multiple injures due to the impact of the train.
Coroner Fiona Wilcox described Mr Shah as an “academically gifted, intelligent, reflective and insightful man”.
Dr Wilcox recorded a narrative verdict and said Mr Shah had “killed himself while suffering from bipolar affective disorder”.