Train death man seen staggering after drinking — (The Bolton News)

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The Bolton News

6:00 am Saturday 6th April 2013 in News

 By Gaynor Clarke, Reporter

A MAN five times over the drink-drive limit was killed when he was run over by a train, an inquest heard.

Bolton Coroners’ Court heard 29-year-old Kamil Svoboda from the Czech Republic had been drinking heavily on the afternoon on January 12.

He drank several Jagermeisters at the Alma Inn, in Bradshawgate, Bolton, before leaving at around 5.30pm.

CCTV footage showed Mr Svoboda, who was married, staggering around near the Flying Flute, in Bradshawgate, at 6.25pm.

He headbutted an advertising sign, gave money to a beggar and spoke to people outside the Pack Horse Hotel, in Nelson Square.

A post-mortem examination showed he suffered multiple injuries and had an “extremely high level” of anti-depressant Citalopram in his body.

Mr Svoboda had been prescribed the medication for depression, but sometimes doubled or trebled the dose to make himself feel better.

He often drank heavily and was admitted to hospital in December after cutting his wrist with a kitchen knife while drunk.Sergeant Tom Fanning, from British Transport Police, told the inquest a Latin phrase about death was written on the walls of Mr Svoboda’s flat.

He said Mr Svoboda could have climbed a tree or over a 5ft-tall spiked fence to get on to the railway line.

Bolton’s deputy coroner, Alan Walsh, said Mr Svoboda may have gone on to the track to take his own life, but it could also have been a route he took to his home in Bromwich Street.

Recording an open verdict, he said: “I am not sure that he intended to take his own life.

“However, I am not able to say this was an accident or misadventure because I don’t know what happened in the one hour 45 minutes and I don’t know what happened on the track from the time he was seen in the car park to the time he met his death.

“He may have stumbled on to the train track, he may have fallen, but I haven’t got sufficient evidence to say that.”