An 18-year-old college scholar died when he jumped in entrance of a prepare at a Tube station simply days after England was plunged right into a second lockdown, an inquest has heard.
Eliot Gower was three months into his Worldwide Relations diploma on the College of Greenwich when he took his personal life at Financial institution station on November 8, 2020, an inquest on the Metropolis of London Coroners’ Courtroom heard right this moment.
Simply days earlier than his demise, on November 5, the Authorities had made a U-turn by bringing in a second nationwide lockdown.
Eliot lived in a flat in college lodging in Cutty Sark Corridor however had only a few seminars on campus and was discouraged from mixing exterior of his flat of eight different college students, the inquest was instructed.
Eliot, whose household house is on a farm in Elham in Kent, was described by his mom Kim Gower as ‘variety, loving and excelling in school’ however ‘unfailingly modest’.
Eliot Gower, 18, died in November 2020 when he was hit by a Tube prepare at Financial institution station, an inquest heard
Immediately’s inquest heard Eliot had no earlier historical past of psychological well being issues and had no contact with any psychological well being companies.
His buddies recalled him performing usually within the days main as much as his demise, albeit seeming ‘just a little bit depressed’, the court docket was instructed.
On the day of his demise, the inquest heard, Eliot despatched a textual content to a flatmate saying he had had a dream about happening vacation which made him ‘actually joyful’, a sense he stated he had not felt for some time.
Later that day, he was seen on CCTV at Financial institution station, presumably having taken the DLR from Cutty Sark.
British Transport Police, who investigated the incident, had been represented by fatality investigator Christina Butler who instructed the court docket no one was in Eliot’s neighborhood on the platform moments earlier than his demise.
The inquest heard toxicology reviews discovered no traces of alcohol in his system.
Coroner Linda Jacobs returned a conclusion of suicide.
Throughout the listening to, the coroner learn an announcement on behalf of Eliot’s mom Mrs Gower, which stated: ‘Eliot was probably the most laidback and smiley child and little one, rising up on the farm.
‘He grew as much as be variety, loving and good, excelling in school and and on the farm as a superb machine operator.
‘He didn’t just like the limelight and was unfailingly modest. He had 5 very shut buddies, who’ve all wanted counselling [following his death] and go to his grave often.
‘He was very near his youngest brother Rory, they did a lot collectively, like making banana pancakes. The final time Eliot got here dwelling was 10 days earlier than he died, the place they hung out cleansing a big pond [on the farm].’
She added: ‘I miss listening to his automobile pull as much as our drive, music blaring out the home windows. His casket was laid out on straw bales he had just lately laid.
‘His father dug a grave beneath an oak tree within the meadow. I can see the meadow from our bed room window.
‘He was at all times smiling…we by no means noticed him unhappy or depressed which makes his demise so obscure. We’ll love him eternally.’
Mrs Gower was joined in court docket by Eliot’s grandmother Linda Chambers, older brother Freddie, uncle Matt Clacket and cousin Lewis Hacket.
British Transport Police stated Eliot was noticed on CCTV on the platform at Financial institution station with no one in his neighborhood moments earlier than his demise
Ms Butler, on behalf of British Transport Police, stated: ‘Within the days prior [to Eliot’s death], the chums went to a picnic in Greenwich Park, and nothing prompted concern till late that day.
‘Eliot and a good friend had a little bit of a falling out however nothing that might trigger concern for his welfare.
‘When it comes to his actions [on the day of his death], he’s seen first seen on CCTV footage at Financial institution station, however presumption being that he had taken the DLR from the Cutty Sark as much as Financial institution station. No one was in his neighborhood on the platform.’
Eliot’s good friend, Jon, who he met at Harvey Grammar College in Kent, beforehand arrange a fundraiser within the wake of his demise.
A bunch of buddies raised £4,740 for PAPYRUS Prevention of Younger Suicide by trekking a 26.2-mile loop round the place Eliot grew up in Kent.
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