Elderly man jumped in front of train at Rowlands Castle railway station

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PENSIONER Frank Marsh jumped in front of a train after becoming worried he would need to go into a care home.

An inquest heard the 76-year-old threw himself in front of a train at Rowlands Castle railway station.

The hearing at Portsmouth Guildhall heard Mr Marsh had led a fit and active life and swam regularly. But he suffered with depression after developing a bladder problem that meant he had to use a catheter.

Mr Marsh emailed his best friend Anna Thomas, who lives in Cornwall, an hour before he died to tell her he was going to take his own life.

The inquest heard Mr Marsh never married and had worked as an auditor at Zurich Insurance in Portsmouth for many years.

Sergeant Noel Lilly, from British Transport Police, told the inquest the train was travelling south to Havant and did not stop at Rowlands Castle.

He said the train driver noticed a man standing at the end of the platform.

He said: ‘There was nothing unusual about the way he was standing.’

Mr Marsh, of Wentworth Drive, Horndean, then jumped into the path of the train and died instantly at about 7.50pm on April 1.

A post-it note being carried by Mr Marsh told police to ‘phone Anna Thomas in the event of my death’.

The inquest heard Mr Marsh went on holiday to Spain with Mrs Thomas’ family in 2010 and had a great time, but later became depressed.

Sgt Lilly said Mr Marsh was unhappy about needing a catheter.

He added: ‘He felt it was an intrusion into his life. He had a real fear of being put into a home.’

Coroner David Horsley, recording a verdict of suicide, said: ‘Mr Marsh had a serious bladder problem that led him to become very depressed.’