Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Chef killed by train in Bedhampton was knocked unconscious

A young chef was killed by a train after being knocked unconscious on a railway track, an inquest heard.

Ben Hinks, 21, had drunk half a bottle of rum, beer, vodka and shots at a party in Havant on 21 February when he decided to walk to his Portsmouth home.

He was seen on CCTV climbing on to the tracks of Bedhampton railway station the next morning when he fell and hit his head on the platform edge.

The Portsmouth inquest heard he was struck by a train shortly after.

'Acting out of character'

Friend Sian Beresford told the inquest earlier Mr Hinks had decided he wanted to get "really smashed" at the party.

She said Mr Hinks started acting out of character, becoming violent to such an extent that four taxis refused to take him as a passenger.

He later left on foot intending to return to the Compass Rose pub in Portsmouth where he lived and worked.

Sgt Mark Stook, of British Transport Police, said Mr Hinks was seen on CCTV at the railway station at 05:09 BST on February 22.

He then went into the platform shelter before climbing on to the tracks, falling and hitting his head on the platform edge, Sgt Stook said.

'Happy memories'

David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, said the fall would have knocked him unconscious and he would not have felt the impact of the train that hit him shortly afterwards.

A post mortem examination showed he died of multiple injuries and would have been about three-and-a-half times over the alcohol drink drive limit.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Horsley said he was satisfied there was nothing to suggest Mr Hinks's actions were deliberate.

He said: "I am so awfully, awfully sorry. He was getting his life together, he had jobs, he was looking forward to the future and something silly like this happens."

In a statement released after his death, Mr Hinks's family said: "It has been much comfort to our family that his friends have shared so many happy memories about Ben's time with them."

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