Coroner records suicide verdict for Langho woman

Lisa Loughney. (s)
Lisa Loughney. (s)

A former St Augustine’s pupil died after she placed herself in the path of the 5-40 pm rail service from Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria.

East Lancs coroner Mr Michael Singleton presided over the inquest into the death of Lisa Loughney (29), which heard that Ms Loughney, an accounts manager at a marketing firm, was prescribed anti-depressants in November 2013.

Giving evidence, Ms Loughney’s mother Ann told how the family’s concerns heightened after Lisa was reluctant to attend the family Christmas celebrations at their home in Rogersfield, Langho, preferring to remain at her sister’s house in Manchester where she was staying temporarily.

Mrs Loughney said: “Christmas is always spent together with the family, but Lisa said that she couldn’t face coming home, so her three sisters drove over to Manchester and brought her back.

“She was very, very down and her sisters stayed with her in her room. The next morning she got up and seemed slightly better and joined in, opening Christmas presents and seemed to enjoy Christmas dinner.”

It was in February, after Lisa had come home again that the tragedy occurred. After leaving a note telling her family “not to feel guilty or sad”, Ms Loughney walked on to the railway line near Langho station.

Giving evidence to the inquest, train driver Mr Mario Clayton said he had no chance of avoiding Lisa when he saw her standing on the tracks ahead of him.

Recording a verdict of suicide, Mr Singleton said: “There is nothing I can say to take the pain away. There is more than one victim here – friends and family of Lisa and Mr Clayton, who was doing nothing other than going about his job. My sympathy goes out to them.”