Robert Stidworthy was grieving for his mother when he was hit by a train at Sway railway station

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A MAN who died after being struck by a train in Hampshire had been in grief after the death of his mother, an inquest heard.

Robert Stidworthy was killed instantly when he was struck by a train at Sway in the New Forest – 24 hours after police launched a widespread missing person’s appeal.

The Southampton inquest into his death heard the 47-year-old, of Mallard Close, Hordle, was receiving medical treatment for alcohol dependency, but had started drinking again and taking cannabis after his mother’s recent death.

His brother Tom Gleeson, from London, told the inquest Mr Stidworthy had become very depressed since her death and was struggling to cope. He regularly visited his unemployed brother at home and had arranged a mental health assessment scheduled for later that month.

Mr Gleeson said: “I had been telling people that this was a possibility throughout the year.”

Mr Stidworthy was struck by the 6.20pm train from Sway to New Milton on October 26.

Sergeant Derek Bish, among British Transport Police officers called out, said the train was travelling at 60mph when it hit him close to Vaggs Lane bridge.

The inquest heard there was no time for the driver to sound the horn and he was unable to avoid collision.

Mr Stidworthy was pronounced dead at the scene and formally identified by Mr Gleeson later. A pathologist’s report by Dr Jeffrey Theaker revealed he died from multiple injuries.

Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman recorded a suicide determination and said: “He had been very badly troubled for quite a long time.”

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9:01am Fri 10 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs. Inform Al

9:25am Fri 10 Jan 14

ToastyTea says...

Very sad, poor guy.
Very sad, poor guy. ToastyTea

11:17am Fri 10 Jan 14

Shoong says...

Inform Al wrote:
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
Yes, very sad & condolences to his family.

The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now.

If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Yes, very sad & condolences to his family. The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now. If you ain't won a war by then - you never will. Shoong

12:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
Yes, very sad & condolences to his family.

The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now.

If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.
So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Yes, very sad & condolences to his family. The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now. If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.[/p][/quote]So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back. Inform Al

3:40pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Shoong says...

Inform Al wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
Yes, very sad & condolences to his family.

The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now.

If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.
So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.
It's society that's buying and doin' the dope though isn't it..?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Yes, very sad & condolences to his family. The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now. If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.[/p][/quote]So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.[/p][/quote]It's society that's buying and doin' the dope though isn't it..? Shoong

4:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
Yes, very sad & condolences to his family.

The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now.

If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.
So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.
It's society that's buying and doin' the dope though isn't it..?
Just the idiot minority.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Yes, very sad & condolences to his family. The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now. If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.[/p][/quote]So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.[/p][/quote]It's society that's buying and doin' the dope though isn't it..?[/p][/quote]Just the idiot minority. Inform Al

12:11pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
Yes, very sad & condolences to his family.

The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now.

If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.
So do you suggest just giving in?, I mean wars on most illegal activity will never be won , do we give up on those too?
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Yes, very sad & condolences to his family. The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now. If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.[/p][/quote]So do you suggest just giving in?, I mean wars on most illegal activity will never be won , do we give up on those too? Dr Martin

12:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

Inform Al wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.
Yes, very sad & condolences to his family.

The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now.

If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.
So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.
It's society that's buying and doin' the dope though isn't it..?
Just the idiot minority.
well said Al
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: This is very sad and I feel for his family, however cannabis user with mental health problems is too common these days. Time to start the war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Yes, very sad & condolences to his family. The war on drugs has been waged for over 30 years now. If you ain't won a war by then - you never will.[/p][/quote]So far it's been a one way war, it really is time for society to fight back.[/p][/quote]It's society that's buying and doin' the dope though isn't it..?[/p][/quote]Just the idiot minority.[/p][/quote]well said Al Dr Martin

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