Teenager texted friend before jumping from railway viaduct

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A TEENAGER texted a friend to say he was thinking of taking his own life before he jumped from a railway viaduct.

Orrin Walker, 16, died from multiple injuries after falling from the viaduct near Durham City railway station, an inquest heard.

Detective Sergeant Joanne Long told the hearing at the Coroners’ Court in Crook the meaning of earlier messages sent by Orrin was “veiled”.

“The most recent ones to his best friend were more indicative of what he intended to do,” said Det Sgt Long.

“There was no indication given to Orrin’s family, and no note was found.”

The hearing was told Orrin, of Hastings Avenue, Merryoaks, spent the evening of January 3 socialising in Durham City.

Police used CCTV footage to track his arrival at the station a short time before midnight.

“He was on the southbound platform,” said Det Sgt Long. “There is a fence at the end of it over which he would have to have climbed.

“There is also a Samaritans sign, and a machine which detects movement and plays an automated warning message if someone crosses a certain point.”

The hearing was told the fall was reported by a householder beneath the viaduct who heard Orrin land in his garden.

A post-mortem examination found no evidence he had taken alcoholic drink or drugs.

Durham Coroner Andrew Tweddle said: “The evidence in this case points to only one conclusion – Orrin Walker took his own life.

“I have been trying for 20 years to find a nice way to say that, but there isn’t one.”

Verdict: Orrin Walker took his own life.

•A charity fund has been started in Orrin’s memory: http://www.justgiving.com/remember/98057/Orrin-Walker