Young man fatally stabs himself while wearing 'stab-proof vest'

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2018

Stab proof vest horror: Pictured victim, Jordan Easton.

A British man who believed he was wearing a "stab-proof vest" died last summer after he took a knife to his own chest, local newspaper Teesside Gazette reported Saturday, citing an investigation into his death.

Mr Easton was rushed to hospital, said Teesside assistant coroner, Karin Welsh, but "despite the best efforts of the medical professionals, they were unable to save him".

While the injuries were found to be self-inflicted, the coroner said evidence didn't show the victim truly meant to harm himself.

It wasn't clear what issues were being alluded to. The coroner ruled the death a result of "misadventure", meaning that was essentially an accident.

The man's mother, Alison Price, expressed in a court hearing that she was having a hard time taking in the investigation's findings.

"It's out of character for him", Price told the court.

Jordan told his friends he was wearing a "stab-proof vest" and tried to demonstrate by turning the knife on himself - but the blade went through and he stabbed himself in the chest. Toxicology tests revealed no foreign substances.

According to an inquest, Jordan Easton was in the kitchen at one of his friend's parents on August 23 past year - just five days after his 22nd birthday - when he turned a knife on himself to demonstrate the "stab-proof" nature of his vest.

A coroner's inquest into the 2017 death determined Friday the young man died by "misadventure", a determination that Easton did not intend to kill himself.

Those who knew Easton took to social media to express their grief, and described the man as "always smiling" with a "golden heart". Easton's mother told investigators that she found it "hard to believe the concept that Jordan would consciously do that".

"Everyone on the estate got on with him and loved him", said one childhood friend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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