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Bank of America Executive Killed Himself After 'Tremendous Pressure' to Resign, Girlfriend Tells Inquest

By Timur Moon
July 3, 2013 17:37 BST

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Father-of-one Michael Burdin was devastated when bosses told him his post would be axed

A City banker who committed suicide after losing his job was put under intolerable stress by bosses, his girlfriend told an inquest into his death.

Michael Burdin, 50, jumped in front of a train after being subjected to "tremendous pressure" to resign his post as foreign exchange manager at the Bank of America in London, Westminster coroner's court was told.

Burdin's former partner, Mandy Sroka, 45, from Epping, said in a statement to the inquest: "The way he was treated turned a very articulate man into a shell.

"If he had not lost his job he would still be alive today. I've no doubt in my mind that the reason Michael took his own life was because he lost his job.

"He was down because he had not been able to secure positions in the banking sector and had decided to move to Yorkshire."

Burdin was struck by an express train at Wimbledon station shortly after 1pm on 31 October last year. He had left a note to Sroka at their home in Shepperley.

Jennifer Cairns, a passenger on another train, told the inquest: "He crossed his arms in front of him, with a hand on each shoulder.

"He looked down, towards the oncoming train, and stood there very calmly. The train sped through the platform, and the male disappeared."

Describing Burdin as "funny and confident", Sroka said the father-of-one was a fan of rugby and music, but that his confidence had taken a severe hit when he lost his job.

Sroka said the couple had enjoyed dinner together the night before his death, and had "a lovely evening".

The following day she was unable to reach him by phone, and returned to their home to find his mobile phone and watch in their bedroom, and a note in the lounge.

"I entered the lounge and found a letter addressed to me explaining he was sorry this had happened, and he loved me very much."

Recording a verdict of suicide, deputy coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: "This is a very difficult age for a male who has lost his job.

"Mr Burdin had lost his job, or had given it up, because of pressure and had difficulty finding alternative employment.

"Although his partner had noticed he had been down, at no point was there major concern and he was reluctant to seek medical help."

Sroka, a senior payments clerk, had met Burdin 15 years ago, when they were both working at ABM Amro bank.

Burdin, originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, had lived in South Africa from the age of six before returning to Britain in 1997.

Speaking outside the court, Sroka added: "He had given everything to his career and he felt he was a failure. His death was a total shock. I died the day he died."

Burdin's mother died "of a broken heart" two months ago, said Sroka. The bank declined to comment.


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City trader, 50, threw himself in front of a train after being ‘pressured’ into leaving his Bank of America job
Michael Burdin, 50, from Shepperton, was hit by train at Wimbledon station
Divorced City trader had been under 'tremendous pressure' to resign
Firner foreign exchange manager at Bank of America left note for partner
Coroner records verdict of suicide and says men aged 50 are vulnerable
By Harriet Arkell
PUBLISHED: 12:01 EDT, 2 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:01 EDT, 2 July 2013
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View commentsMichael Burdin, 50, died when he was hit by a train at Wimbledon station after he lost his job at Bank of America
Michael Burdin, 50, died when he was hit by a train at Wimbledon station after he lost his job at Bank of America
A devastated City trader threw himself in front of a train after being ‘pressured’ into leaving his job, an inquest heard today.
Michael Burdin took his own life after being told his position as foreign exchange manager was being axed at the multinational Bank of America.
The 50-year-old, who was divorced, had been put under ‘tremendous pressure’ to resign by his employer, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.
His partner, Mandy Sroka, told the inquest Mr Burdin had been ‘defined by his career’ and was devastated after being put out of work.
‘The way he was treated turned a very articulate man into a shell of a man,’ she said in a statement.
‘He was down because he had not been able to secure positions in the banking sector and had decided to move to Yorkshire.’
‘If he had not lost his job he would still be alive today. I’ve no doubt in my mind the reason Michael took his own life was because he lost his job.’
Mr Burdin was originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, but lived in South Africa from the age of six until moving back to Britain in 1997.
Shortly after 1pm on October 31 last year, he was spotted on the track next to platform six at Wimbledon station in south west London as a fast train approached.
Footage from CCTV cameras showed him pacing up and down the empty platform moments before.

Jennifer Cairns, a passenger on another train, said: ‘He crossed his arms in front of him, with a hand on each shoulder.
‘He looked down, towards the oncoming train, and stood there very calmly. The train sped through the platform, and the male disappeared.’
Mr Burdin was struck by a train that was not due to stop at Wimbledon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination, which found a low level of alcohol in his bloodstream, gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.
Records from his GP surgery showed no evidence he had ever complained of depression.
Ms Sroka said the couple had enjoyed dinner together the night before his death, and had ‘a lovely evening.’
‘He seemed fine,’ she said.
The following day she was unable to reach him by phone, and returned to their home in Shepperton, Surrey, to find his mobile phone and wristwatch in their bedroom.

'I entered the lounge and found a letter addressed to me explaining he was sorry this had happened, and he loved me very much.'

- Mr Burdin's partner, Mandy Sroka
She said: ‘I entered the lounge and found a letter addressed to me explaining he was sorry this had happened, and he loved me very much.’
Recording a verdict of suicide, Deputy Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: ‘It’s a very difficult age for a male who has lost their job.
‘Psychiatrists will tell you 50-year-old men who have concerns about work and finances are a particularly vulnerable community, even if they have got no psychiatric illness.
‘Mr Burdin had lost his job, or had given it up, because of pressure and had difficulty finding alternative employment.
‘There was obviously thought about his future and moving up north.
‘Although his partner had noticed he had been down, at no point was there major concern and he was reluctant to seek medical help.’
She added: ‘The driver had no opportunity to be able to stop the train.
‘Sadly, Mr Burdin was able to avail himself of a fast moving train, and I’ve no doubt that’s what he intended to do.’
For confidential support on suicide matters call the Samaritans on 08457 909090 or visit a local Samaritans branch; see www.samaritans.org for more information

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