Suicide woman kept in custody

The Oxford Times: Oxford Crown Court Oxford Crown Court

A WOMAN who caused a train crash when she parked on a level crossing in a suicide bid has been remanded in custody at her own request.

Heather Bister, 46, of Austin Drive, Banbury, was arrested after she stopped her car on the Sandy Lane level crossing in Yarnton on November 12 last year.

A Cross Country service hit Bister’s car but she escaped with minor injuries and no one else was hurt.

She has admitted endangering safety on the railways and appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced.

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver explained the defendant has been arrested twice since the incident for trying to go to Oxford Railway Station and throw herself in front of a train.

Lucy Tapper, defending, said her client was very sorry about what she had done, but felt that she could not stop herself trying to commit suicide.

Judge Mary Jane Mowat told Bister she was clearly “very ill” and that she would need to see a psychiatrists’ report before passing sentence.

At a hearing held a short time later, Miss Tapper said her client wanted to be remanded in custody because she feared she would again try to end her life. This was granted and Bister will now be sentenced on March 14.

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