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Darren Palmer’s girlfriend Kelly Mack was hit by a train after her Ugg style boot became trapped on a track. He was later cleared of her manslaughter.

He told the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire show of the pain of losing her and then being accused of causing her death.

But worse was to come. A witness claimed he had seen Darren encouraging his 29 year old girlfriend back into the path of the oncoming train. He was charged with manslaughter.

He spent 10 months on remand and earlier this month a jury cleared him of involvement in her death.

But despite that, he feels there is still a stigma attached to him for being charged with such a crime.

“It was shocking and Kelly would have been shocked.”

It has been a year since he has seen his children with Kelly the seven and 10 year olds live with his partner’s family.

He hopes to re establish his “close” relationship with them but does not want to push them.

“They’ve been told I’m responsible for their mum’s death. I don’t want to upset them more.

“I want to tell them it was a tragic accident. But they’re so young I don’t know how it’s going to affect them.”

Darren and Kelly were together for 12 years. Darren, of Clacton,
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says they were very close: “We were best friends together 24/7.”

He says the worst thing is he did not get to grieve for her before he faced the trial.

“It was harsh. I’ll never get over it,” he said.

“I’m at fault for one thing, for crossing over. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

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