Leeds fan's train death unintentional

A LEEDS United fan returning home from Elland Road died after being hit by a high-speed train at Cottingley Station, an inquest heard.

Simon Kirton, 34, of Liversedge, had been drinking before and after the match on November 17 last year and had been "acting the goat" when he laid down on the railway lines.

The Leeds inquest concluded that although he had a history of depression and apparent attempted suicides, he had no intention of taking his life.

Mr Kirton and his friend, Albert Noel Binney, had been drinking before the game in the bar at Elland Road and afterwards in the Drysalters before walking to Cottingley Station around 8pm.

Mr Binney told the inquest that his friend was "acting the goat" when he laid down with his head on the track

He shouted to him that a train was coming, which was the Scarborough to Liverpool express, not due to stop at Cottingley.

Mr Kirton was hit by the train as he tried to climb back on to the platform and died of multiple injuries.

At the time of his death he had 260mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system – more than three times the drink-drive limit.

The court heard of instances where Mr Kirton had three times taken overdoses of medication – but he had always told someone and sought help.

Returning a verdict of misadventure, Mr Hinchliff said: "It was an intentional act, but he certainly did not intend this to happen."