Mum and daugh­ter killed in rail tragedy

Pair linked arms be­fore step­ping in front of train

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Rob­son ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tymir­

A MUM linked arms with her teenage daugh­ter be­fore step­ping in front of a high-speed train at Eal­ing Broad­way sta­tion, an in­quest heard.

Celise McLean, 36, and daugh­ter Leia, 17, from Uxbridge, took a bus to Eal­ing be­fore com­mit­ting sui­cide in front of hor­ri­fied com­muters.

Wit­ness Phillip Layster told how, mo­ments be­fore the tragedy, the pair came and sat in the wait­ing room and Celise asked him about get­ting a train to Heathrow.

In a state­ment, Mr Layster told West Lon­don Coro­ner’s Court he felt un­com­fort­able be­cause she ap­peared ‘ag­i­tated’ and was act­ing ‘slightly strange’.

Her fi­nal words were: “I have to get to Heathrow – I have to stop them.”

Wit­nesses told how the mum put down a bag she was car­ry­ing be­fore the pair stepped in front of a train trav­el­ling to cen­tral Lon­don.

El­iz­a­beth Bor­row­dale also saw the tragedy un­fold. In a state­ment, she told the court: “I saw two fe­males come from the wait­ing area. They linked arms be­fore run­ning to­wards the plat­form edge.”

De­tec­tive Sergeant An­drew Nat­trass, from Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice, told the in­quest Celise and Leia were later iden­ti­fied via a bank card found in the bag.

“We sub­se­quently es­tab­lished that Celise had a son,” he said.

“When he came home from school at about 5pm on the back of a chair were taped var­i­ous letters ad­dressed to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“From read­ing these letters they ef­fec­tively amount to farewell letters.”

DS Nat­trass said through CCTV footage he es­tab­lished that the mum and daugh­ter left home in Uxbridge at around 3.25pm and bought a KFC meal be­fore tak­ing a bus to Eal­ing Broad­way. They each topped up an Oys­ter card be­fore en­ter­ing the rail­way sta­tion just be­fore 5pm, the court was told.

They stepped in front of the train just af­ter 6pm on June 23 this year.

Coro­ner Kally Cheema recorded a ver­dict of sui­cide for both Celise and Leia.

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n SAD SCENE: Emer­gency ser­vices at Eal­ing Broad­way Sta­tion af­ter the tragedy

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