A well-liked tattoo artist with a “coronary heart of gold” had loved a time out together with his buddies earlier than tragically being electrocuted on railway tracks.
Joshua Dockerty, from Margate, suffered a cardiac arrest from the excessive voltage shock at Ramsgate station, inflicting a extreme mind harm on account of lack of oxygen.
The 28-year-old died 4 days later in King’s School Hospital in London.
Throughout an inquest at County Corridor in Maidstone, it was heard how the dad-of-two had been to Folkestone on September 14 with a gaggle of 5 buddies, who had spent the day celebrating a birthday consuming alcohol and taking part in soccer and golf.
CCTV footage from the prepare dwelling from Folkestone to Ramgate confirmed the group in “excessive spirits” – consuming, snorting a powder “presumed to be cocaine” and taking nitrous oxide balloons.
Coroner Katrina Hepburn mentioned the chums have been intoxicated, however retaining themselves to themselves, on what appeared a “joyful journey” after a “improbable day”.
However when the prepare pulled into Ramsgate station at 5.50pm, Mr Dockerty received off and ran to the entrance of the prepare, earlier than disappearing onto the tracks and being electrocuted.
One among his buddies, seeing him unconscious, jumped down and tried to maneuver him off the dwell line together with his foot, shouting “he is my boy, he is my boy”.
Ms Hepburn says a right away line and electrical block was requested by a prepare driver who was within the cab with a trainee after they have been alerted by a lady on the platform.
Mr Dockerty, who lived together with his girlfriend Kelsey Corridor and one-year-old son, was airlifted to hospital however because of the severity of his accidents his life help was switched off.
The coroner mentioned his buddies did not know why he had jumped or fallen onto the tracks, and that it could not be seen on CCTV.
“They thought perhaps he was doing it to be humorous or perhaps noticed somebody he thought was a police officer and bolted,” mentioned Ms Hepburn.
‘He was described as a little bit of a geezer, a jack-the-lad with a coronary heart of gold, who was a superb pal to all…’
It was heard Mr Dockerty had been in bother with the police up to now and on the time of his loss of life was believed to be needed on a warrant, which had made him “paranoid”, significantly when inebriated.
Throughout the listening to, it was additionally urged he could have been making an attempt to get throughout to the opposite facet of the tracks.
However Ms Helpburn mentioned no-one is aware of why he ended up on the railway line.
“I am unable to say that he jumped or that he fell,” she mentioned.
“On stability, he was intoxicated and his thought course of could have been impaired and his capability to manoeuvre about.
“I do not know why he was working in direction of the entrance of the prepare, whether or not to be humorous or he was being paranoid.
“This can be a case of misadventure – he was making an attempt to do one thing and it had an surprising final result.
“I do not assume this was an accident, as a result of he was trying one thing that went improper. I’m additionally happy he didn’t intend to take his personal life.”
Throughout the inquest, it was heard Mr Dockerty was a contract tattoo artist, who cherished his job, his buddies and his household.
“He was very sociable and had a superb group of buddies,” mentioned Ms Hepburn.
“He was described as a little bit of a geezer, a jack-the-lad with a coronary heart of gold, who was a superb pal to all.”
Statements from his buddies who have been with him on the day of his loss of life described him as a “charmer” and a “good lad who was the loudest particular person in any room”.