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Play-fighting led to rail death
Floral tribute at Hamworthy railway station
CCTV footage showed that Cayde's death was not suspicious
A 16-year-old boy was electrocuted on a live rail after a play-fight at a railway station, an inquest has heard.

Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset Coroner's Court heard Cayde Greenslade jumped off the platform and stumbled on to the live rail at Hamworthy station.

Cayde and Jack Fendly, both from Hamworthy, Dorset, were slapping and chasing each other while waiting for a train with friends on 1 July.

Coroner Sheriff Payne recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

The two lads were just playing about, larking, just horseplay
Leighton Harrison, witness

Jack told the court: "I took a step forward to make him jump or something and instead of running across the platform he jumped down.

"I'm not sure if he twisted his ankle or landed funny, but he stumbled forward, tried picking himself up but he couldn't and fell on to the rail."

Another friend, Jack Edwards, from Branksome, Poole, told police in an interview: "I think Cayde jumped on to the track to wind Jack up because he knew Jack wouldn't go on to the tracks because they were dangerous."

'Chaos' on platform

The inquest heard Cayde had carefully jumped from the platform onto the tracks at least twice that day.

The rail has 750 volts of direct current and the power is never switched off.

Leighton Harrison, a colour sergeant in the Royal Marines who was waiting for a train when the incident happened, said: "The two lads were just playing about, larking, just horseplay.

"There was no malice between them."

He said "chaos" broke out on the platform after Cayde was electrocuted.

Police treated the death as suspicious until they watched CCTV footage of the accident.

'Lively boy'

A post-mortem examination showed the teenager, who was also known as Cayde Palmer, died from electrocution and he had severe burns on his face and abdomen.

Coroner Sheriff Payne said: "I don't need to advise anybody how dangerous it can be to play around live voltage railway lines."

Outside the inquest, Cayde's mother Lita Palmer said: "Children should be more aware of the fact that if you mess about on train tracks, you could die.

"If anything good can come out of this it would be that no one else has to go through this."

She said Cayde left school at 16 to study carpentry and worked alongside his father laying laminate flooring.

"He was a lovely, lively boy who saw the good in everybody," she added.


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