Published: December 22, 2011
Inquest held into death of Burnham-On-Sea man on railway line

A man who was struck dead by a passing railway train on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea in July had written 28 suicide notes prior to his death, an inquest heard this week.

Martin Robert Handel, 47, from Burnham was killed on July 24th after being hit by a passing train at Edithmead, as reported here.

Michael Rose, West Somerset Coroner, told the inquest that the final suicide note had been more desperate than the previous ones. Mr Handel's mother said in a statement read out at the inquest that he had looked unwell and had become reluctant to leave the house where he lived with her.

Dr Shabbir Akhtar added that Mr Handel had come off heroin and had been using methadone in the final few weeks of his life.

Mr Rose said Mr Handel, who had three children with two partners and had not been married, had become a "recluse". The coroner recored a verdict that he had taken his own life and the balance of his mind had been disturbed.

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