Drug addict dies under DLR train in 2nd suicide bid in minutes, inquest told

A homeless man battling to get off his heroin addiction threw himself in front of a DLR train at Shadwell in London’s East End—minutes after failing to commit suicide in front of a bus, an inquest heard.

Liton Miah had walked out of the Royal London Hospital the same day where he was being treated for constipation after for swallowing shower gel—and was also being assessed for psychiatric help.

He had been having treatment over the past four years through Whitechapel’s Health E1 medical centre for the homeless in Brick Lane.

But he finally took his life at Shadwell station on February 8—the day he walked out of the hospital’s A&E without telling medical staff, the Poplar coroner was told today.

One witnesses who saw him jump had seen the 29-year-old run in front of a bus in Commercial Road just minutes before. The bus managed to pull up in time and Mr Miah walked off—only to throw himself onto the track at Shadwell, the inquest heard.


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Mr Miah, who had been living at the Aldgate hostel in Dock Street, Whitechapel, had been registered at the E1 medical centre since 2007, and was currently on methadone to wean him off his addiction.

“The last time I saw Liton was four days before,” clinical nurse Steven Letoi told the hearing. “He was sedated and seemed calm.

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“He was doing well, but often fell out of treatment and would disappear for weeks or months before coming back.

“He kept saying his mind wasn’t working and couldn’t think, that his mind wasn’t functioning.”

But there were stresses. Mr Miah, who was out of work, was worried by Benefit changes and feared having to prepare for work. He claimed he had been bullied at his hostel—but it was all in his mind, Mr Letoi revealed to the hearing.

Mr Miah’s father, Nijam, had spoken at a previous hearing of his shock at his son’s death. He had last seen him three days before his death.

Cause of death was multiple injuries. Assistant Deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway recorded a verdict that Liton Miah took his own life while suffering mental illness in the process of treatment.

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