Brandon man took own life, inquest rules

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A man who lay down in front of a train travelling at 80mph had intended to take his own life, an inquest has ruled.

Colin Buss, 62, of Pinewood Drive, Brandon, was killed instantly after laying down on the line at Brandon station on December 7, last year.

An inquest at Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday heard that the train driver had applied emergency brakes but was unable to stop.

Witness Andrew Kruse said he saw Mr Buss walk down the ramp at the end of the platform and lay down, with his head on the rail, as the train approached.

A post-mortem examination confirmed death had been due to multiple injuries.

Mr Buss, who was identified using fingerprints, had been discharged from West Suffolk Hospital three weeks earlier after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act, the inquest was told.

At the time of his death, he was awaiting the arrival of his brother, David, from Spain, and was living in accommodation arranged by the hospital because his own home - which he owned jointly with his brother - was in such a poor condition.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said reports suggested Mr Buss may have been overwhelmed by the imminent arrival of his brother and his concerns about the state he had allowed their house to get into.

Recording a verdict that he took his own life, Dr Dean said: “It is clear that he understood and intended the outcome of his actions.”