A schoolgirl tensioned by General Certificate of Secondary Educations and depressed about her appearance died as she tried to climb onto a platform, an investigation has heard.
Kate Mullins, 16-year-old, was viewed sitting in the station at Pokesdown, near Bournemouth, for about five minutes before going onto the train tracks.
But then as a train that was not stopping at the station moved towards her she was seen attempting to get out of the way.
Unable to get herself out of the track, she tried to run away from the train and the driver applied the emergency brake, but the train was fast and she was hit and died at the scene.
Her mother Donna reported that Kate had earlier talked about jumping herself under a car but stated she did not have any purpose of doing so.
She stated that ‘She was into her health and had lost a lot of weight. I think she felt worried about her appearance and used to believe that people did not like her.”
“She was very well-liked and did not understand how much she was loved.”
“She was due to take her exams in art and design, English, business studies, and maths and I know she was feeling worried.”
Kate’s family last saw her on March 17 as she left her home for a shift at a local pub in Mudeford, Dorset.
But, when she failed to turn up her mum informed her missing to the police.
Mrs Mullins states that ‘Before she left home she was natural and laughing with her brother. Her brother was the last member of the family to see her alive.”
“I cannot consider any reason that she would desire to commit suicide. She had everything to live for, I miss her now and I will miss her for the rest of my life.”
” Kate was was a member of St John Ambulance Service and a Year 11 student at Highcliffe School and.”
Patrick Earnshaw, her headteacher states that “She worked very hard, took her studies sincerely. She was not any more or less afraid about her exams that any hard-working student keen to do so at this time.”
“I saw a female on the tracks midway down the platform. It seemed like she was attempting to climb back onto the platform. Around two seconds later the train hit her,” The train driver said.
Assistant Dorset coroner Brendan Allen recorded a verdict of misfortune.
He says that “She was worried about her exams and had problems with her self-esteem. I do not think there is proof of suicide as we have learned she tried to pull herself back up onto the platform.”
‘I find Kate died as a consequence of a misfortune.’
“Kate’s death is unquestionably a misfortune. It shows the dangers linked with entering the rail tracks.”
‘I would love to pass on my sincere sympathies to Kate’s family.’