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A Tamil Father Commits Suicide in Court

Making a record as the first man to commit suicide in a British court a Sri Lankan Tamil by consuming poison on the dock at Isleworth Crown Court in London and took his life.

Anandakumar Rathnasabapathy (40) took a concoction made out of crushed sleeping tablets on the dock of the court when he was found guilty of assaulting his baby daughter and leaving her quadriplegic, epileptic and partially blind, an inquest held into his death was told.

The Sri Lankan Tamil's death is considered the first suicide inside a court room, although in 1904 a British mining tycoon named Whitaker Wright took his life in a toilet of a court room of the Old Bailey after he was convicted for fraud.

In the Isleworth Crown Court Rathnasabapathy was convicted for assaulting his three month old baby daughter and he had told his interpreter before that if he was found guilty he would swallow the fatal concoction which he carried in a coca-cola bottle and die.