Jason Mays' death on railway line "accidental", says coroner

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  • Jason May, 24, originally from New Milton, died on September 18 from electrocution on the railway by the Barrack Road bridge, near the Bailey Bridge pub.
  • Dorset Police has been called to Christchurch Station after reports a man was misbehaving but he ran off and was later found dead
  • He had been a kitchen assistant at The Grasshopper Pub in Parkstone, Poole.

12:33pm

The coroner said he discounted any theory that he had wanted to end his life.

12:32pm

Sheriff Payne recorded a verdict that Jason May died as a result of an accident.

12:30pm

"Whether he stumbled we don't know". The coroner said the amount   of alcohol Jason had drunk suggested this was possible.

12:30pm

"Whether he stumbled we don't know". The coroner said the amount   of alcohol Jason had drunk suggested this was possible.

12:26pm

Sheriff Payne: "I feel in his drunken state Jason was attempting to follow a route back home and at some point he has come into contact with the live rail."

12:23pm

The coroner said he believes no officers followed Jason over the fence before he died.

12:12pm

Sheriff Payne is going through the evidence again.

12:05pm

Various witness statements are being read out. A jumper was found in the garden of 14 Albert Road.

11:58am

A statement from resident Paul Wayman was read out.  He states a policeman followed Jason in climbing over the fence and jumped back over afterwards.

11:46am

She gave the cause of death as electrocution.

11:46am

Dr Katie Boyd's post mortem found no drugs were detected but his blood showed he was more than twice the legal limit for driving.

11:41am

The rail system was available again at 2.45am when Jason was taken to the mortuary.

11:39am

PC Silvey had shown him where he had found Jason. 

11:37am

CSI officer Byron Chamberlaine' statement is being read out by the coroner.

11:35am

Sheriff Payne asked for confirmation of Jason's position on the tracks.

11:34am

The identification in his pockets showed Jason's address at Malmesbury Park Road in Charminster, Bournemouth.

11:31am

He said Jason's phone rang three times in his jean pocket while he was with him.

11:27am

PC Mark Stook from British Transport Police told the inquest he arrived just after midnight after being told Jason had been electrocuted on the tracks.

11:21am

He saw a bank card and pay slip with Jason''s name on them.

11:20am

In a statement read by the coroner PC Matthew Saunders said he saw a plume of smoke 100 metres from Bailey Bridge and suspected the male was dead, seeing his back was "badly burned".

11:17am

"I saw a body lying on the track with his back against the live rail," PC Perks had stated.

11:16am

"I heard on the police radio that a man had touched the live rail and was a code 200," he said.

11:14am

He told how he arrived with PC Silvey and they went to Arthur Road and to a car park. He said he saw PC Silvey stood on a wooden fence panel.

11:13am

The coroner read a statement from PC James Perks.

11:11am

11:11am

Sheriff Payne said a resident claimed a policeman went to climb the fence and PC Silvey denied he tried to do this.

11:09am

"I saw a figure on the tracks," PC Silvey said.

11:08am

But Jason was climbing ov the fence and made it to the other side so the policeman ran to the bridge which crosses the tracks.

11:07am

But Jason was climbing over a fence towards the tracks.

11:07am

He found Jason in a garden and shouted "stop, police".

11:06am

PC Matthew Silvey from Christchurch police station was called to the scene.

10:58am

"In my opinion he would not have gone onto the tracks with the intention of killing himself," Jessica said.

10:56am

She had reported him missing and went to Christchurch station, where she saw Jason's phone and rang it to confirm it was his.

10:53am

She said she had been told about Jason going on the tracks and Ashley Satchelle had managed to get him to come off the tracks and told him they were live.

10:52am

She said he had talked about moving away from the area.

10:50am

Jessica Down was a friend of Jason. They worked together at The Grasshopper in Poole and he had lived above. 

10:47am

One of the girls had grown hysterical and said her sister had died on railway tracks, the inquest heard.

10:47am

Mr Holbrooke had stopped him going on the tracks and was threatened before a teenage girl called the police.

10:45am

Thomas Holbrook told the inquest he was at the station on September 17 and saw Jason cross the tracks. 

10:37am

Mr Satchelle said Jason hugged him and told him he loved him when he left Mr Satchelle's home on September 17. Mr Satchelle later went out and saw police at the station and found out it was Jason who had died on the tracks.

10:33am

Mr Satchelle said Jason had threatened to kill himself at the railway bridge near the station and blamed himself for problems in his life while drunk.

10:27am

10:26am

Sheriff Payne said he was picked up by police for being drunk and disorderly, and  Mr Satchelle confirmed this.

10:24am

Friend Ashley Satchelle confirmed Jason was stressed about money problems and was drinking more to deal with that.

10:21am

Jason's mum Linda said she spoke to her son on 17 September before he died.

10:19am

Sheriff Payne opened the inquest stating Jason appears to have climbed  over a fence close to Christchurch station before he died.

10:14am

Jason died in Christchurch aged 24 last September. East Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne is expected to hear from a number of police and medical experts today before recording his verdict.

10:03am

Jason had just become a dad when he died. His family has taken all the messages from friends and put them in a special memory box for six-month old Triyden so that he grows up knowing who his dad was and how well loved he was.

9:59am

Daily Echo: Tributes pour in for railway death man Jason May

9:59am

Good morning. We will be covering the inquest into the death of Jason May this morning, which is due to start soon after 10am.

In the meantime, here are some tribute stories we wrote at the time: 

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