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Woman struck by train near Norwich took her own life

PUBLISHED: 11:46 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 13 October 2015

Eastgate House, Thorpe Road, where the Coroner's Court is situated in the ground floor. Picture: Denise Bradley

Eastgate House, Thorpe Road, where the Coroner's Court is situated in the ground floor. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A woman who was struck by a train on the line near Norwich died by suicide, an inquest has heard.

Jill Skinner, 61, of Hoe Road South, Swanton Morley, near Dereham was struck by a train at Whitlingham railway junction on April 1.

An inquest into her death held at Norwich Coroner’s Court yesterday heard Mrs Skinner died of multiple injuries. A statement read on behalf of the train driver said he had become aware of a person who appeared to be “intent on getting on to the tracks” and who did not look to get out of the way even after he sounded the horn.

A British Transport Police investigation confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

The inquest heard from Mrs Skinner’s husband who said she had no previous mental health issues but had seen the doctor twice following concerns about financial matters involving her uncle’s estate and following the deaths of her uncle and mother-in-law.

A statement from Mrs Skinner’s GP confirmed she had been seen twice because of “low mood” in November and December 2014 and had been prescribed medication.

Mr Skinner said no note had been left but said there was no other reason for her to be on the tracks.

Assistant coroner David Osborne, who recorded a conclusion of suicide, said he was satisfied Mrs Skinner took her own life and that she intended to do so.

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