A man who suffered from epilepsy took his own life after believing he was being pushed out of his job, an inquest heard.

Dharmesh Khatri 42, of Westover Road, High Wycombe, was killed after being struck by a train at Denham railway station on February 15 this year.

An inquest into his death this week heard that Dharmesh had suffered from epilepsy since he was 10-years-old and had been on medication for the condition since.

Senior coroner for Buckinghamshire Crispin Butler was told Dharmesh, who worked as a software engineer for a communications company for nine years, became increasingly paranoid and believed he was being bullied at work, telling his manager, brother and even the police that he felt his colleagues were talking about him behind his back and had access to his financial details.

He also believed a work colleague was applying to take over his estate with a power of attorney, but told police he had no evidence to back this up.

In a statement read out to the court by coroner’s officer Annabelle West, his brother Manish said he became worried Dharmesh’s paranoia and change in mental health was being caused by a change to his medication in December 2017, when oxcarbazepine (300mg) was added to the medicines he was already taking – levetiracetam and zonisamide.

He said: “He was showing signs of irrational paranoia in the days leading up to his death – nothing like I had ever seen before.

“His paranoia was probably the cause of the new medication he was put on.”

Dharmesh had also gone through a divorce in September 2009.

Manish said Dharmesh claimed he was going to be made redundant and that colleagues would openly talk about his finances.

Dharmesh also went to the police station on the morning of his death to tell officers he thought his company was tracking his and his family’s phones, and said his performance had dropped in the past year, adding he thought he was going to be asked to leave as a result.

PC Kerry Goldfinch said in a statement read out to the court that she listened to Dharmesh and told him his colleagues could have been talking about anyone after he claimed they were referring about him without naming him, once saying: “He goes to Costa a lot.”

Manish also said he had to convince his brother he was not being talked about after he had “heard some things and was linking them in his head”.

He contacted Dharmesh’s epilepsy specialist asking them to get in touch with his brother, which they did on February 12 saying he did not mention anything about his medication or that he was facing any challenges.

His manager Santosh Chandorkar said Dharmesh did not officially declared himself disabled at work and did not expect any special treatment.

Mr Chandorkar said in a statement: “He seemed to get on with everyone else and no-one ever spoke to me about his work performance.

“He spoke to me about redundancy – he was worried but I reassured him it wasn’t going to happen.”

CCTV images showed Dharmesh at Denham Railway Station alone on February 15, with the driver of the Chiltern Railways train that hit him saying he felt a thud as he drove in and out of the station.

The train was not due to stop at the station.

The medical cause of death was recorded as multiple injuries following a collision with a train and Mr Butler recorded a conclusion of suicide, saying: “His death was against the background of long-term epilepsy and a recent deterioration of his mental condition including increasing paranoia.

“It is clear from the evidence that no-one else was involved. It was not a seizure or a trip or fall – he intentionally placed himself in the path of the train and he understood that his act would lead to his death.”

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