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Gravesend man Bradley Jarrett who lost legs in train tracks jump dies in bed after taking fatal drugs cocktail

11 April 2014
by Thom Morris

A man who lost both of his legs and his left arm when he was hit by a train in a suicide attempt ended his life with a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs a year later.

Bradley Jarrett, a former teacher at Northfleet Technology College, was just 26 when he killed himself in bed, an inquest heard.

Giving evidence at Gravesend's Old Town Hall was Edwin O'Connell, Bradley's partner of more than three years. 

Bradley Jarrett was hit by a train at Gravesend. Picture Barry Goodwin

Bradley Jarrett was hit by a train at Gravesend. Picture: Barry Goodwin

It was heard that Edwin, Bradley and friend Eugene Thompson went out on January 31 to celebrate Edwin's birthday.

Edwin said: "He wanted to go home so we took him back and left him at home and thought he was in a sensible mood. We were going to go back to Bradley's after our drinks.

"I got back about 5am and was pretty intoxicated and I just went straight to bed and didn't think anything of it. I woke up the next day and he was blue.

"I phoned an ambulance straight away. He still had a phone in his hand and he was in the middle of texting a message.

"He said he'd be dead by the end of the month. He talked about suicide a lot."

A previous attempt had seen him jump in front of a train at Gravesend station on December 16, 2012 during the commuter rush hour.

DI Peter Swan said officers were called to the home at Lancaster Court, in York Road, in Gravesend at 9.46am.

He said: "Mr O'Connell was so drunk, he wouldn't notice if Mr Jarrett was dead or not.

"They were unable to wake him and they immediately called 999. He was declared dead at 10.05am."

The inquest was heard at Gravesend town hall

The inquest was heard at Gravesend town hall

A toxicology report found he had fatal levels of prescription drugs in his system. Empty packets were found in the bedroom.

DI Swan also revealed Bradley had made other attempts on his own life, including an attempt from a multi-storey car park and from Beachy Head.

Assistant coroner Alan Blunsdon said: "The evidence we have heard today reveals a sad and sorry history of attempts at suicide including in 2012 when he received catastrophic injuries.

"He had a long standing history of depression and had for a long time threatened suicide.

"He had obtained a prescription for drugs that he said he’d run out of and he used those as a means to administer an overdose.

"As we have heard in evidence from Edwin, he didn't observe any change in the mood of Bradley that would indicate he had any intention on that night to take his own life."

Mr Blunsdon recorded his death as suicide.

For confidential support , phone the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or visit www.samaritans.org.

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