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Black Firefighter was found hanged at home after feeling bullied & singled out at work due to his race – Family tell inquest.



The mother of a London firefighter says she believes her son took his own life because he was being bullied and a victim of racism.

Jaden Francois Esprit was found hanged at his home in wapping, east London, three weeks after his 21st birthday.

She said that things had got so bad for her son that he asked her not to bring him home cooked Caribbean food because he felt uncomfortable talking about it to Colleagues.

Ms Francois told the inquest: ‘felt he was being unfavourably singled out because he’s an ethnic minority.’

Jaden applied for a transfer, but because he was still in training he was told that he would have to wait eight months.

He complained to his mother about being treated unfairly and being made to carry out tasks that were not assigned to him.

Ms Francois said : ‘He hated working at Wembley and accused his crew manager of bullying him. As a family we believe Jaden had every intention to go to work on August 26; he prepared his uniform.

The anxiety got too much and he couldn’t face going back, even for one more day.

On one occasion he overheard a conversation about getting robbed by five black men. Jaden told her that he had asked why they felt the need to mention race.

Station commander Daniel Johnson said his interactions with jaden has been limited, but he has spoken to him during a probation meeting in July.

When asked by Ms Hassell whether he had concerns about Mr Francois Esprit’s personal well-being, he said: ‘ None at all.’

‘I have never heard of any incidents of him being picked on, bullied or singled out.’

‘Everything I’d seen gave me the indication that the watch is well run and we’ll manage and bonds well together.’

Firefighter Ben Robinson, told the inquest when asked about Mr Francois Esprit being singled out for his age or race: ‘ i didn’t notice that at all.’

When asked whether he saw any signs of bullying, he added: ‘100% No. he was never excluded, he was 100% part of the team.

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