A YOUNG personal trainer has died after escaping from a psychiatric hospital, an inquest has heard.

Matthew Caseby, 23, was hit by a train after fleeing Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham by jumping over a low fence in the grounds of the facility.


Matthew Caseby, 23, died in September 2020Credit: Family

Richard Caseby, Matthew’s father, remembered his son as a “loving, gentle, intelligent” man who was determined to succeed as a personal trainer after graduating with a first-class degree in history from the University from Birmingham.

Birmingham Coroner’s Court yesterday heard evidence from doctors and mental health nurses who first assessed Matthew at a hospital in Oxford.

Matthew, who at the time lived with his parents in south-east London, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on September 3, 2020 after he was found on train tracks in a village near Oxford.

He was assessed at Warneford Hospital before being transferred to Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning on September 5.

The 23-year-old then fled the Priory by jumping over a fence into the garden and was reported missing to West Midlands Police.

Officers initially marked her missing as medium risk, her father told the court, before she was categorized as high risk.

Matthew was unfortunately found after being hit by a train later in the morning of September 8.

It later emerged that Mr Caseby was only 200 yards from his son when he died, having launched a desperate search to find him himself.


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PC Kieran Dolphin told Senior Coroner Louise Hunt and the jury that he and a colleague were called to the village of Islip, Oxfordshire, after reporting a man had ‘run onto the train tracks’ .

Speaking of his son Matthew, Richard Caseby told the court: ‘As a child he was affectionate, playful and good natured. As a teenager and young man, he continued to be demonstrative. On any occasion, we said hello or goodbye, we hugged each other and we always said that we loved each other.

“Matthew’s school days were happy and carefree. He always played on his school’s first football team and he lived for the weekly game. As a teenager, he had trials for Charlton Athletic football club.

“He then graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2018 with a first class degree in history. While at college, Matthew also became passionate about fitness, yoga, meditation, and healthy eating.

Matthew was working on starting his own fitness business, his father said, and was “determined and focused on his work and his life”.

“He was thoughtful, nurturing and fiercely independent in his desire to chart his own course in the world,” his father said.

The inquest into Matthew’s death continues.

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