Mystery over why man killed himself

Chesterfield coroners' court.
Chesterfield coroners' court.
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Mystery will forever surround why a man committed suicide by stepping in front of a high-speed train.

Chesterfield coroners’ court heard David Hadley, 48, of East Street, Scarcliffe, was decapitated after being struck by the train in Clay Cross at about 8.30pm on February 3.

PC Stephen Slocombe, of British Transport Police, told the court on Wednesday that Mr Hadley did not have any mental health issues nor had he left a suicide note.

He added his family did not know why he killed himself.

PC Slocombe said: “It’s a mystery why he did what he did – I wish we could give an answer.

“I believe the only person who knows what happened is David.”

The officer said the driver of the train, which was travelling from Derby to Chesterfield at about 100mph, could not have avoided the collision. Coroner Louise Pinder ruled Mr Hadley took his own life. She said it was a deliberate act but the reason why he committed suicide was unclear.

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