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By Sam Yarwood – NW
A father who died after jumping in front of a train had a history of depression and paranoia, an inquest heard.
Emlyn Davies, 60, of Holywell, was hit by the 7.08am Birmingham International to Llandudno service as it approached Prestatyn station on July 17.
At an inquest in Ruthin on Monday, coroner John Gittins heard how Mr Davies, a keen Everton supporter, had been standing close to the edge of the platform when he seemed to lean forward and fall in front of the approaching train.
A statement by the driver of the train, Andy Nolan, said that Mr Nolan, who had been working for Arriva for five years, was approaching the station at 20-25mph when he saw a man wearing an Everton shirt standing at the edge of the platform away from other passengers.
The man had his arms up, like he was stretching, then suddenly jumped off the platform, bringing his knees to his chest, “as if doing a bomb into a swimming pool” before disappearing out of sight under his window.
Postmortem results revealed that Mr Davies died as a result of chest trauma. He also suffered fractured ribs as well as a number of other injuries.
The inquest heard that Mr Davies had been diagnosed with severe depression in 2010 and that “therapeutic levels” of amitriptyline – an antidepressant – had been found in his system when he died.
Lisa Davies, Mr Davies’ daughter, told the inquest her father had been very anxious in the weeks leading to his death.
She said he felt no-one was helping him and that he had lost a lot of weight but that he had not expressed thoughts of harming himself.
A report by consultant psychiatrist Dr Martin Jones said Mr Davies had suffered from paranoia and suicidal feelings over the years and had received a combination of hospital and home treatment for his illness.
He had been prescribed a number of anti-psychotic drugs but had struggled to take them as they began to cause other physical health problems.
It was said that Mr Davies had began to “turn a corner”, despite having a few bad days, but began having suicidal thoughts again in the months prior to his death .
Mr Gittins told the inquest a conclusion of suicide would be inadequate due to the circumstances surrounding Mr Davies’ death and instead gave a narrative conclusion, saying that at around 9.55am on July 17, the deceased put himself in front of a moving train at Prestatyn Station and “did so whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed”.
He added: “It was not done selfishly with the intention of hurting anyone. Mr Davies was ill and succumbed to his illness like you would do any illness.”