A young man died after testing what he thought was a “stab-proof” vest by plunging a knife into his chest, an inquest has heard.
Jordan Easton, 22, from Stockton-on-Tees, UK, suffered a severe wound to his chest in August 2017, five days before his birthday, and later died after being rushed to a local hospital.
Easton told friends that he was wearing a vest that would protect against a knife and decided to test it out in the kitchen of his friend’s home, Teeside Live reported.
“While in the kitchen, he took hold a knife to demonstrate it was stab-proof and sadly realised it wasn’t the case,” a coroner reportedly said during a court hearing on the matter.
After an investigation, local authorities confirmed that the wounds were self-inflicted, and no arrests or charges have resulted from the incident.
Easton’s mother told investigators that she found it “hard to believe the concept that Jordan would consciously do that” and said it was “out of character for him” to be so reckless.
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The assistant coroner ruled the death a result of “misadventure,” essentially meaning his death was an accident.
No details have been released explaining what Easton was wearing at the time of his death, or why he would have thought that the garment could stop a sharp blade.