Mystery of man killed by Crouch Hill train remains unsolved

PUBLISHED: 13:14 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:14 22 March 2013

Muhammad Ajmal died in Crouch Hill

Muhammad Ajmal died in Crouch Hill


The mystery surrounding a young man killed by a train may never be solved after a coroner recorded an open verdict into his death.

Muhammad Ajmal was just 29 when the driver of an eastbound freight train saw him lie down on the railway tracks just outside Crouch Hill station last September 4.

The train, approaching from Upper Holloway station, ploughed into him and he was pronounced dead at the scene at about 5.30am. A post mortem report gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.

Very little is known about Mr Ajmal’s tragic story, despite a widespread British Transport Police (BTP) appeal for information about his background and final movements.

He was born in Pakistan and it is thought his parents paid £15,000 for him to study business and finance in London – although it is not known which university or college he attended.

He had only been in the country a few months and police were not even able to find out where he lived.

Mr Amjal could only be formally identified by his fingerprints and immigration records.

Acting coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe recorded an open verdict at St Pancras Coroner’s Court yesterday, due to lack of background information.

She said: “On September 4 2012 Mohammed Ajmal was seen to lay down on the railway tracks in front of the oncoming train at Crouch Hill.”

Police confirmed they were not treating the death as suspicious or seeking anyone else in connection with Mr Ajmal’s death.

The toxicology report came back clear.

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