Two suicides at Angel Tube
PUBLISHED: 14:37 29 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:13 14 October 2010
TWO people died under trains at Angel Tube station in the space of just one week, a court heard. Investment banker Noel O Sullivan, 34, leaped on to the tracks on June 16, just four days before Greek tragedy enthusiast Charles Velu, 24, walked into the pa
TWO people died under trains at Angel Tube station in the space of just one week, a court heard.
Investment banker Noel O'Sullivan, 34, leaped on to the tracks on June 16, just four days before Greek tragedy enthusiast Charles Velu, 24, walked into the path of an oncoming train on June 20.
Mr O'Sullivan, of Canonbury Street, Islington, had just started a new job - and was plagued with anxiety.
But Mr Velu, a waiter, of Lichfield, Staffordshire, had just been to a party. His family's only clue was his fascination with Greek tragedies.
Coroner Selena Lynch, presiding at St Pancras Coroner's Court last Wednesday, recorded a verdict of suicide in Mr Velu's case, and suicide while "the balance of his mind was disturbed" for Mr O'Sullivan.
Mr O'Sullivan suffered from depression and anxiety. He had only been at the new job for two-and-a-half days when he left at lunchtime to go to Angel Tube station. There Mr O'Sullivan leaped on to the track shortly after 1pm - as a train was approaching. He died at the scene from multiple injuries.
The court heard that he had stopped taking his medication because it had been "slowing his thinking".
In a letter to the court, sister Marie Donnelly said: "He phoned me and said he thought someone was hacking into his bank accounts. He said that he couldn't take it any more and that he loved us all."
Mr Velu finished work around 1am on June 20, going on to a party until 6am or 7am, before arriving at Angel Tube station shortly before 7.30am.
Witness Piergiorgio Marenghi saw Mr Velu jump into the tunnel as the signs flashed to say a train was approaching.
Mr Velu, who also died at the scene from multiple injuries, had attempted to overdose in 2008.
Father Sushil Velu told the court: "He spent a lot of time reading the classics and was possibly swayed by Greek tragedies.