Houghton man died in plunge from Sunderland bridge

SUICIDE VERDICT: Thomas Forster was seen climbing over the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge, and letting go.
SUICIDE VERDICT: Thomas Forster was seen climbing over the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge, and letting go.
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A MAN who was suffering from gastric problems told friends he’d “had enough” before jumping from a city bridge.

Sunderland coroner’s court heard Thomas Robert Forster, 65, from Houghton’s Thorneyburn Close, had visited Sunderland Royal Hospital twice on the day before he died, due to his stomach pains.

During the second visit to the hospital on the evening of February 22, as well as being attended to for his pain, he was also seen by mental health officials before being discharged.

Vicky Ross, a Sunderland coroner’s officer, who carried out inquiries into Mr Forster’s death, said: “He was assessed by the mental health team and the outcome was that he had no true acute mental illness at that time.”

However, the following morning a member of the public working in an office opposite Wearmouth Bridge reported seeing Mr Forster climb over on to the wrong side, lower himself down and drop to the ground. He was confirmed dead at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Mrs Ross said: “There was no note or any physical hard evidence, such as a text message left, but I believe he messaged a friend on the morning and said he had had enough.”

The inquest into Mr Forster’s death heard that despite efforts to trace any family members no one came forward and it is believed no relatives attended his funeral, last week.

Coroner Derek Winter said a post-mortem examination showed Mr Forster had died due to multiple injuries, including fractures and haemorrhaging, caused by the impact of the fall. He said toxicology reports showed there were no traces of alcohol and only prescribed drugs at medicinal doses in Mr Forster’s body.

Mr Winter said: “I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Forster was responsible for his own death.”

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.