Schoolgirl killed by train trying to clamber back on platform

A schoolgirl suffering from anxiety and body image issues was hit by a train after changing her mind about committing suicide.

16-year-old Kate Mullins was feeling worried about her upcoming exams before the tragic incident at Pokesdown station, near Bournemouth, in March this year.

CCTV footage shows Mullins climb onto the train tracks as a train approached, but quickly change her mind.

After failing to get back onto the platform, the schoolgirl started running away from the train, at which point the driver pulled the emergency brake.

The train was unable to stop in time and Mullins died after being hit at 65mph.

Coroner Brendan Allen heard evidence from Mullins’ mother Donna at a Bournemouth inquest into Kate’s death.

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Mrs Mullins told the inquest that her daughter had been feeling down for weeks before she died, and admitted that she wanted to throw herself under a car, but assured her mum she had no real intention of hurting herself.

Mrs Mullins also said of her daughter: “She was into her fitness and had lost a lot of weight. I think she felt anxious about her appearance and used to think people did not like her.

“She was very well-liked and did not know how much she was liked.

"She was due to take her exams in art and design, business studies, English and maths and I know she was feeling anxious.”

Mrs Mullins said the teenager was last seen leaving her house in Mudeford, Christchurch to go to work at a nearby pub.

She was reported missing to the police after failing to show up for work.

Mrs Mullins said: “Before she left home she was normal and laughing with her brother. He was the last member of the family to see her alive.

“I cannot think of any reason that she would want to commit suicide.

“She had everything to live for, I miss her now and I will miss her for the rest of my life.”

Patrick Earnshaw, Mullins’s headteacher at Highcliffe school, said he noticed she had been feeling anxious about her upcoming GCSE exams.

“She worked very hard, took her studies seriously. She was not any more or less anxious about her exams than any hard-working student keen to do so at this time.”

The inquest logged a verdict of death by misadventure rather than death by suicide as it was clear Mullins had tried to escape.

The coroner said: “She was anxious about her exams and had issues with her self-esteem. I do not think there is evidence of suicide as we have heard she tried to pull herself back up on the platform.

“I find Kate died as a result of misadventure. Kate’s death is undoubtedly a tragedy.

“It shows the dangers associated with entering the train tracks. I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Kate’s family“

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