Chichester teacher died after being hit by a train days before Christmas

A teacher intended to take her own life before being hit by a train between Chichester and Havant, a coroner has ruled.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 1:03 pm
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 1:05 pm

Juliet Gibson, 64, from Nutbourne Park, Nutbourne, died at the Inlands Road level crossing at Southbourne Railway station on December 19, 2019.

An inquest opened at Crawley Coroner's Court on January 7, this year, before the full hearing was concluded on Tuesday (December 1).

Juliet had a 'history of mental health problems', according to the record of the inquest, signed by Karen Henderson, assistant coroner for West Sussex.

Crawley Coroner's Court

Although 'stable for a prolonged period of time', there had been a number of recent personal and health related 'stressors', which had resulted in a deterioration in her mental health.

The coroner ruled a conclusion of suicide.

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