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Drunk student 'electrocuted' on Portsmouth railway line

A drunk student was electrocuted on a railway line when he took a shortcut after being ejected from a nightclub, an inquest has heard.

Joshua Wynn, from Stroud in Gloucestershire, had been out drinking with friends at Portsmouth's Tiger Tiger nightclub on 11 January.

An empty train travelling on the line ran over the 19-year-old's body at 0115 GMT.

Portsmouth coroner David Horsley recorded a verdict of accidental death.

On Tuesday, Toby Godwin, a friend since primary school, told the hearing Mr Wynn had been drinking cans of Strongbow cider before they went out and had consumed about five vodka and Red Bull drinks at the nightclub.

"He was quite drunk, I didn't think he was as bad as I had seen him before," Mr Godwin said.

'Awfully sorry'

Mr Wynn was ejected from the nightclub because he stumbled over a bouncer's foot as he returned from getting some fresh air in the outdoor smoking area, the inquest heard.

The University of Portsmouth mathematics student was captured on CCTV at about 1230 GMT running in a different direction from his normal route back to his halls of residence.

It is believed Mr Wynn, who was only wearing a short-sleeved shirt and jeans, then climbed over a fence onto the railway line in the hope of finding a shortcut home.

Coroner Horsley said a post-mortem examination showed the 19-year-old had been electrocuted by the live rail and would have died instantaneously.

He would have been dead prior to the train arriving, the inquest heard.

"It was a snowy, cold night and he was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, he was running to keep warm and get back as quickly as possible," the coroner said.

"Why he hadn't taken the normal route, sadly only Joshua can tell us but probably he was confused because he has had a lot to drink.

"I think it is clouded judgment. This is a tragic accident and I am so awfully, awfully sorry."

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