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High-flying Hampstead lawyer commits suicide two days after honeymoon

PUBLISHED: 13:27 20 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:42 20 October 2010

A high-flying Hampstead lawyer jumped in front of a Tube train just two days after returning from his honeymoon.

Robert Worrall of Church Row in Hampstead jumped onto the tracks on the Bakerloo platform at Oxford Street station as a train emerged from the tunnel at 30mph.

Cambridge graduate ‘Bob’ Worrall, 34, worked at the prestigious Linklaters law firm in the City.

Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that Aberdeen-born Mr Worrall married Anya Smirnova on April 24 2010 after meeting her while working at the firm’s Moscow office.

Giving evidence Pc Steve Tucker, of the British Transport Police, told the hearing: ‘On July 21 the deceased was standing at the very beginning of the Northbound Bakerloo Line platform at Oxford Street underground station.

“Suddenly, as a train emerged from the tunnel, he dropped the bag he was holding and leapt directly into its path.

“The train driver immediately applied the emergency brake, but was powerless to stop the train from hitting him.”

Tube driver Martin Murray told the hearing when Mr Worrall jumped in front of his train “there was nobody near him”.

Anya Worrall, his wife of less than three months, spoke only to confirm Mr Worrall’s address and occupation.

When asked by assistant deputy coroner Dr William Dolman if her husband had ever made a pervious attempt on his life, or had said anything that day to worry here she replied: “No.”

Dr Dolman then asked: “So it came completely out of the blue?”

Mrs Worrall replied: “Yes”.

Mr Worrall, who read economics and history at Selwyn College, had been treated in hospital following an overdose in 1998.

His wife said he had not been suffering from depression while she had known him.

Recording a verdict of suicide Dr Dolman said: “It is quite clear that Robert Worrall deliberately jumped into the path of the train which was travelling at 30mph.

“He was on his own and he was not pushed and it was not a fall.”

Speaking to a tearful Mrs Worrall Dr Dolman said: “I hope that you do not dwell on today or the events of July 21 but rather on the rest of the times you shared which were much happier.”

After Cambridge Worrall took the LPC at BPP Law School in London.

He qualified at law firm Allen & Overy in September 2005 and joined Linklaters in 2006. He was seen as a rising star in the legal world.

Colleagues of Mr Worrall wrote tributes to him on ‘The Lawyer’ magazine’s website.

One read: “How sad. I remember Bob from A&O and he was a lovely guy. A tragedy.”

Another comment said: “So sad that a young and promising talent died so tragically. My sorrows go out to his family.”

While another described the incident as “A very cruel act of fate.”


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