Albion superfan Roy Chuter who took his own life was losing sight, inquest hears

Roy Chuter

Roy Chuter

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A lifelong Brighton and Hove Albion fan took his own life after suffering financial and health problems, an inquest heard.

Roy Chuter, who was credited with helping save the club in the 1990s, was 51 when he was hit by a high speed train at East Worthing station on July 31 last year.

Yesterday an inquest into his death heard how Mr Chuter, of Grafton Road, Worthing, arrived at the station shortly before midnight on July 30 and sat in a platform waiting shelter writing various suicide notes to friends and family.

The keen writer, who contributed to the Gulls Eye Albion fanzine and watched the team with his father as a season ticket holder in the 1970s, spent the night in the shelter before climbing down onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train shortly before 6am.

A statement from Mr Chuter’s sister Lynn Reeves, 50, described how his sight deteriorated in the years leading up to his death.

She said he underwent an eye operation to treat cataracts in 2012 but he was “seemingly left unable to read or write”.

He struggled financially and missed rent payments in December 2012 and March and April 2013, followed by an eviction notice on May 5.

Ms Reeves said: “He had no money coming in at all and later received a court order. He never spoke of his money worries.

“He was really bright and personable and friendly to everyone. He didn’t judge anyone ever and was always upbeat.

“He was a very private person with both his thoughts and his feelings. He didn’t apply for benefits. He didn’t like the idea of signing on.

“When we asked he would say he was fine and moved on quickly.”

Mr Chuter died from multiple injuries.

Concluding Mr Chuter took his own life, coroner Dr David Skipp said: “It is tragic that a man who had so much potential and ability should be reduced to having to take a course of action that led to these consequences.

“It is sad he had to spend that night on the station on his own but that was perhaps his choice as a private individual.”

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8:13am Thu 23 Jan 14

Roger Francais says...

Does anyone ever spare a thought for the drivers in these tragic and sometimes selfish cases?
Does anyone ever spare a thought for the drivers in these tragic and sometimes selfish cases? Roger Francais
  • Score: -16

9:01am Thu 23 Jan 14

tykemison says...

In response, yes, yes they do, but should we not be thinking more about how sad and desperate this man must have been to end up committing suicide?rip.
In response, yes, yes they do, but should we not be thinking more about how sad and desperate this man must have been to end up committing suicide?rip. tykemison
  • Score: 19

10:13am Thu 23 Jan 14

twonk says...

My comment disappeared. I only asked a question.
My comment disappeared. I only asked a question. twonk
  • Score: -3

3:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

tug509 says...

As a Brighton & Hove Albion supporter ,this man had more friends than he probably ever realised ,as one of them ,i would like to add my condolences to Roy Chuters family and friends over this tragedy .
As a Brighton & Hove Albion supporter ,this man had more friends than he probably ever realised ,as one of them ,i would like to add my condolences to Roy Chuters family and friends over this tragedy . tug509
  • Score: 13

8:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

SGK2000 says...

Indeed he did, so many friends who would have helped yet Roy was never one to burden others with his problems and the fact that he didn't even claim help which he was entitled too. He knew his own mind and, in his mind, he didn't want to have a life where some of his main passions, reading, writing, gigging, socialising beer & football would become things he would no longer be able to enjoy.
Greatly missed and fondly remembered as a kind, lovable and knowledgeable mate.
Indeed he did, so many friends who would have helped yet Roy was never one to burden others with his problems and the fact that he didn't even claim help which he was entitled too. He knew his own mind and, in his mind, he didn't want to have a life where some of his main passions, reading, writing, gigging, socialising beer & football would become things he would no longer be able to enjoy. Greatly missed and fondly remembered as a kind, lovable and knowledgeable mate. SGK2000
  • Score: 7

9:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

To baldly go says...

tug509 wrote:
As a Brighton & Hove Albion supporter ,this man had more friends than he probably ever realised ,as one of them ,i would like to add my condolences to Roy Chuters family and friends over this tragedy .
Likewise, RIP Roy.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: As a Brighton & Hove Albion supporter ,this man had more friends than he probably ever realised ,as one of them ,i would like to add my condolences to Roy Chuters family and friends over this tragedy .[/p][/quote]Likewise, RIP Roy. To baldly go
  • Score: 5

11:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Simes Brighton says...

Roger Francais wrote:
Does anyone ever spare a thought for the drivers in these tragic and sometimes selfish cases?
As a friend of Roy's and a retired train driver, I can assure you
that when someone's life is in such turmoil, no, I doubt that they
do consider this.

So sad, RIP Roy.
[quote][p][bold]Roger Francais[/bold] wrote: Does anyone ever spare a thought for the drivers in these tragic and sometimes selfish cases?[/p][/quote]As a friend of Roy's and a retired train driver, I can assure you that when someone's life is in such turmoil, no, I doubt that they do consider this. So sad, RIP Roy. Simes Brighton
  • Score: 1

8:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

SGK2000 wrote:
Indeed he did, so many friends who would have helped yet Roy was never one to burden others with his problems and the fact that he didn't even claim help which he was entitled too. He knew his own mind and, in his mind, he didn't want to have a life where some of his main passions, reading, writing, gigging, socialising beer & football would become things he would no longer be able to enjoy.
Greatly missed and fondly remembered as a kind, lovable and knowledgeable mate.
Spot on. I'd know Roy since about 1980 and you could not wish to meet a more steadfast, loyal and decent bloke. He never moaned or complained about his lot; he just played the cards he was dealt. Still whenever I see his some of his best mates around (Mike, Attila, Bomber or the Vicar) I find myself looking around for him.

And yes Roger I do think about the train driver as well.
[quote][p][bold]SGK2000[/bold] wrote: Indeed he did, so many friends who would have helped yet Roy was never one to burden others with his problems and the fact that he didn't even claim help which he was entitled too. He knew his own mind and, in his mind, he didn't want to have a life where some of his main passions, reading, writing, gigging, socialising beer & football would become things he would no longer be able to enjoy. Greatly missed and fondly remembered as a kind, lovable and knowledgeable mate.[/p][/quote]Spot on. I'd know Roy since about 1980 and you could not wish to meet a more steadfast, loyal and decent bloke. He never moaned or complained about his lot; he just played the cards he was dealt. Still whenever I see his some of his best mates around (Mike, Attila, Bomber or the Vicar) I find myself looking around for him. And yes Roger I do think about the train driver as well. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 1

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