Woman, 24, hit by Seven Kings train suffered distress over health before death

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 January 2015

Walthamstow Coroner's Court

Walthamstow Coroner's Court


A 24-year-old woman who was killed after being hit by a train on Valentine’s Day had become distressed by health problems in the weeks before her death.

Anita Kaur Swali, of Guildford Road, Seven Kings, had visited GPs multiple times with symptoms such as a recurring headache, tingling in her hands and a feeling of swelling in her face and voiced concerns that they may have been caused by acne treatments.

Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard yesterday that sales assistant Ms Swali, who was found to have iron and vitamin D deficiencies, was referred to neurologist Dr Gordon Ingle, but he found no signs of any neurological disorder.

He believed she may have been overusing painkillers and recommended that GPs prescribe a course of antidepressants.

However, a letter did not arrive until May – three months after Ms Swali was killed.

Ms Swali’s brother, Gurvinder Swali, told the inquest his “kind and loving” sister, who died after being hit by a train at Seven Kings station in 2014, had not suffered from any mental health problems.

Giving her verdict, Nadia Persaud, senior coroner for the eastern district of London, said of the day Ms Swali was killed: “There was no one around her and she was seen to step in front of a non-stopping, fast-speeding train.”

She added: “I have a note in her handwriting which shows me she intended to bring about her death. I am therefore satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Anita Kaur Swali killed herself.”

The coroner said she wished to “pass on the sympathies of the court” to Ms Swali’s loved ones.

See next week’s Recorder for a full report on the inquest.

Anyone in need of emotional support can call the Samaritans on 08457 909090.

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