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Jamie Harding killed himself after relationship troubles
A WORCESTER man “deliberately” stepped in front of a moving train after becoming “angry and upset” over the breakdown of his relationship.
Jamie Harding and Samantha Beck had been having problems in their six-year relationship after she found out he was seeing other women, a coroner was told.
Mr Harding’s body was found on the railway line near Lark Hill Road railway bridge, off London Road, Worcester, at about 8.30am on Wednesday, June 20.
Following the inquest into his death, Worcestershire coroner Geraint Williams said a jury was told that Mr Harding had been with Ms Beck, the mother of his two sons, since 2006.
But in the late part of 2011 and early 2012, she became aware that he had been seeing another woman.
Mr Williams said: “The couple’s relationship was affected by this up to and including the date when Mr Harding died.
“In the middle part of 2012 it became apparent to Ms Beck that Mr Harding was seeing more than one other woman.
“Mr Harding returned to live with his grandmother and in the days before his death was seen by a number of witnesses.
“Each of those witnesses described him as being angry and upset at the breakdown in his relationship but none of them reported that he had ever expressed any intention to take his own life or to kill himself.”
On the morning of Mr Harding’s death, he visited his aunt Linda Thommasson at just past midnight, saw his father fleetingly at home just before 8am, met a friend Lisa Yapp at her house at 8.05am and was seen by a youth overlooking the railway where he died at about 8.20am.
The incident happened at about 8.30am.
The jury was shown a video taken from a camera attached to the front of the train which showed Mr Harding running from behind the bridge on to the track but did not show the collision itself.
Mr Williams said: “Some time after his death Mr Harding’s grandmother Phyllis Rice found a note written by Mr Harding on top of his wardrobe.
“The note apologised to his grandmother and said that he could not live without ‘my boys’.
“The jury were shown copies of Facebook correspondence between Mr Harding and his partner, which formed the basis of the argument which they were having about Mr Harding’s affairs on the day before he died.”
The jury returned a verdict that the 28-year-old, of Liverpool Road, Ronkswood, killed himself after deliberately stepping into the path of a moving train.