Died 26th October 2016

Tahmina Khayer (17), a college student, died by suicide on October 26 2016 on the railway tracks at East Worthing Station.

Tahmina lived in Ham Road, Worthing, West Sussex.

The inquest, held on 22nd May 2017, at Crawley Coroner’s Court , heard that Tahmina had suffered abuse by her brother, Mahfouz. West Sussex senior coroner Penelope Schofield recorded a verdict of suicide and concluded Tahmina appeared to feel “she had no way out other than to take her own life”.

The coroner said: “I don’t think anyone here can think of this as anything other than a tragedy.
It was clear she was suffering abuse from her brother Mahfouz, who was clearly mentally ill.”

The Coroner said “Failings in the system caused unnecessary delays to getting her help.” She added “Tahmina was crying out for help for a very long period of time and it will never be known whether an earlier intervention would have stopped her death.”

The Coroner commented “Tahmina appears to always have put others before herself as in the note she left behind, she asked for some of her own savings to be given to charity.” She expressed her condolences to the family.

The inquest heard that Ms Khayer’s brother had had a diagnosis of schizophrenia and Sussex Police had attended the family’s home on a number of occasions to deal with reports of disturbances.

PC Billy Burstow, of the British Transport Police, read a statement to the court from Tahmina’s sister Tashlima Khayer, in which she said: “My sister loved to be creative and draw all day or go skateboarding and spend time with her friends. She wasn’t given help and support and this was a lot of responsibility for her, being so young.”

West Sussex County Council is planning a case review.

Note: This report was drawn from a report in The Argus.

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