Death of depressed man, Peter Campbell, hit by train at Radlett train station was 'suicide'

Death of depressed man hit by train was 'suicide'

Death of depressed man hit by train was 'suicide'

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A 41-year-old father of two who was hit by a train at Radlett station last year has been described as a "perfect son, a supportive brother, and someone people would turn to", an inquest heard on Friday.

Peter Campbell, who lived in Lemsford Road in St Albans with a colleague, died on October 21 after stepping onto the tracks of the Thames Link Line into London while a high speed train was approaching.

Deputy Coroner for Hertfordshire Graham Danbury led an inquest into his death in Hatfield on Friday, January 24, and concluded Mr Campbell took his own life, after suffering from depression.

The father of two had been working in Hatfield since August 2012, and travelling home to Limerick, Ireland, every weekend to see his family.

A statement read out from Katherine Campbell, Mr Campbell’s wife of 14 years, said her husband had been suffering with depression for the past three and a half years.

She said: "He was a perfect son, a supportive brother, and someone people would turn to.

"He was exactly what you would have wanted in a son-in-law. He was loyal, trustworthy and compassionate.

"He was the best uncle in the world and he had a special rapport with all his nieces and nephews and in fact all children in general. He would spend hours playing with them all.

"He was all heart and always put everyone else first and himself last."

Mr Campbell, who worked in IT, saw his wife and children for the final time on the weekend of October 11, when he said he "wanted some peace and quiet after a stressful week at work".

The following weekend, Mr Campbell told work he would be flying home to spend the weekend there. However, he told his wife he was staying in St Albans to prepare for a meeting on Monday.

Terence Hancocks, British Transport Police fatality investigator, told the inquest Mr Campbell, who was wearing business clothes on the day of his death, did not leave a suicide note, and had left his wallet and car keys at home.

The inquest heard that Mr Campbell had worked in a stressful position for 14 years in Ireland but was made redundant in 2011. He tried to create his own business, but spent the following year unemployed.

In August 2012, Mr Campbell got a job in Hatfield after a former colleague from Ireland recommended him. He spent last summer off work as after a period of illness and had returned in September.

The post mortem revealed he died of multiple traumatic injuries, and toxicology found small quantities of prescribed medication for anxiety and depression in his system.

Coroner Graham Danbury said "Clearly there was a background for three and a half years of stress and depression that he was fighting with all of the strength that he had.

"It is significant that he was due to fly home to see him family and was clearly devoted to his family but chose not to when he had the chance to do so.

"The conclusion I draw from that is that he was in one of the dark periods. He clearly had an important and demanding job and gave his all to it but it all became too much for him.

"The evidence makes it clear that what he did was a deliberate act so I record a verdict of suicide.

"I am sure he did it when he was not in his normal frame of mind.

"I conclude he took his own life while suffering from depression. It is a desperately sad way to end a promising life."

Mr Campbell’s children were 12 and 10 at the time of his death. His brothers Glenn and David and sister Ciara travelled from Ireland for the inquest. Mr Campbell’s brother said his parents wanted to extend their sympathy to the train driver and everyone involved.

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7:11pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Andrew Turpie says...

Tragic story, thoughts are with the family.. Corporations need to stake stock and remember that they employ humans and they are not just there to be pushed to the extremes just to generate profits.
Tragic story, thoughts are with the family.. Corporations need to stake stock and remember that they employ humans and they are not just there to be pushed to the extremes just to generate profits. Andrew Turpie
  • Score: 6

7:12pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Anunemus says...

Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless.
Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.
Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless. Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father. Anunemus
  • Score: -27

7:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Anunemus wrote:
Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless.
Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.
You clearly have no idea of how serious depression can influence the mind, remove all sane thought and burden a person with an intense sense of hopelessness.
[quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless. Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.[/p][/quote]You clearly have no idea of how serious depression can influence the mind, remove all sane thought and burden a person with an intense sense of hopelessness. G_Whiz
  • Score: 25

1:19am Mon 27 Jan 14

LSC says...

Anunemus wrote:
Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless.
Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.
You have it all wrong and don't understand depression. In his mind, they were better off without him. In his mind, he was doing them a favour. That is how depression works.
[quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless. Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.[/p][/quote]You have it all wrong and don't understand depression. In his mind, they were better off without him. In his mind, he was doing them a favour. That is how depression works. LSC
  • Score: 11

10:56am Mon 27 Jan 14

Paul Gadd says...

The bankers, aided by the Gov't, played russian roulette with the economy, while ordinary folk bear the brunt of their games through job losses and poverty- and you can bet they sleep like babies at night!
The bankers, aided by the Gov't, played russian roulette with the economy, while ordinary folk bear the brunt of their games through job losses and poverty- and you can bet they sleep like babies at night! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 2

11:33am Mon 27 Jan 14

garston tony says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
The bankers, aided by the Gov't, played russian roulette with the economy, while ordinary folk bear the brunt of their games through job losses and poverty- and you can bet they sleep like babies at night!
Not sure what relevance your post has to be honest, this poor gentlemans depressions started due to circumstances in another country that we know practically nothing about.

As an aside a lot of ordinary folk also did rather well at the time from what the banks were allowed to get up to (by the previous Labour government it must be stressed), its rather ironic that having jumped on the bandwagon themselves at the time many of those folks are trying to pin the blame solely on the banks.

But regardless, its a shame you are trying to make a poorly thought out political point from this sad event. Depression can be a horrible, hidden and mis understood condition and our thoughts are with this gentlemans family. Anyone who is suffering from depression, dont do it alone please seek help
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: The bankers, aided by the Gov't, played russian roulette with the economy, while ordinary folk bear the brunt of their games through job losses and poverty- and you can bet they sleep like babies at night![/p][/quote]Not sure what relevance your post has to be honest, this poor gentlemans depressions started due to circumstances in another country that we know practically nothing about. As an aside a lot of ordinary folk also did rather well at the time from what the banks were allowed to get up to (by the previous Labour government it must be stressed), its rather ironic that having jumped on the bandwagon themselves at the time many of those folks are trying to pin the blame solely on the banks. But regardless, its a shame you are trying to make a poorly thought out political point from this sad event. Depression can be a horrible, hidden and mis understood condition and our thoughts are with this gentlemans family. Anyone who is suffering from depression, dont do it alone please seek help garston tony
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Anunemus says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Anunemus wrote:
Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless.
Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.
You clearly have no idea of how serious depression can influence the mind, remove all sane thought and burden a person with an intense sense of hopelessness.
Fortunately I don't.

Another saddening element of this article is what his wife said "suffering with depression for the past three and a half years".

We live in the 21st century and an illness such as depression can be left for so long. There's clearly been a failing somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless. Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.[/p][/quote]You clearly have no idea of how serious depression can influence the mind, remove all sane thought and burden a person with an intense sense of hopelessness.[/p][/quote]Fortunately I don't. Another saddening element of this article is what his wife said "suffering with depression for the past three and a half years". We live in the 21st century and an illness such as depression can be left for so long. There's clearly been a failing somewhere. Anunemus
  • Score: -1

1:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

garston tony says...

Anunemus wrote:
G_Whiz wrote:
Anunemus wrote: Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless. Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.
You clearly have no idea of how serious depression can influence the mind, remove all sane thought and burden a person with an intense sense of hopelessness.
Fortunately I don't. Another saddening element of this article is what his wife said "suffering with depression for the past three and a half years". We live in the 21st century and an illness such as depression can be left for so long. There's clearly been a failing somewhere.
You seem now determined to blame someone (the 'system'?) for this poor man taking his life, people with depression dont always seek help for it and its not unknown for those around a sufferer to not be aware of their troubles.

We dont know if this poor man did or did not seek help (but like any illness the onus is on the sufferer to seek treatment), but even with help depression can take people to very dark places that no amount of support can bring them back from.
[quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable selfishness. You've left 2 children fatherless. Clearly had issues with depression, but you'll never be able to replace these 2 children's father.[/p][/quote]You clearly have no idea of how serious depression can influence the mind, remove all sane thought and burden a person with an intense sense of hopelessness.[/p][/quote]Fortunately I don't. Another saddening element of this article is what his wife said "suffering with depression for the past three and a half years". We live in the 21st century and an illness such as depression can be left for so long. There's clearly been a failing somewhere.[/p][/quote]You seem now determined to blame someone (the 'system'?) for this poor man taking his life, people with depression dont always seek help for it and its not unknown for those around a sufferer to not be aware of their troubles. We dont know if this poor man did or did not seek help (but like any illness the onus is on the sufferer to seek treatment), but even with help depression can take people to very dark places that no amount of support can bring them back from. garston tony
  • Score: 1

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