held into death of Burnham-On-Sea man on railway line
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.
Robert Handel, 47, from Burnham was killed on July 24th after
being hit by a passing train at Edithmead, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
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.
Shabbir Akhtar added that Mr Handel had come off heroin and had
been using methadone in the final few weeks of his life.
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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