Saturday 16 December 2017

Bankrupt divorce row tycoon Scot Young under 'huge stress' before he fell to his death, inquest hears

Tycoon Scot Young with girlfriend Noelle Reno
Tycoon Scot Young with girlfriend Noelle Reno
Scot Young died after reportedly falling onto railings outside a London property (Tim Goode/PA Wire)

David Mercer and Alex Diaz

Property tycoon Scot Young felt under "huge stress" from his bankruptcy and high-profile divorce in the months before his body was discovered outside luxury flats, an inquest has heard.

The 52-year-old, who was sent to prison during a vitriolic and public divorce row over a multimillion-pound settlement, died in Montagu Square, Marylebone, central London, on December 8, in what witnesses described as a ''grisly'' and ''brutal'' scene.

Scot Young and his girlfriend Noelle Reno
Scot Young and his girlfriend Noelle Reno

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court in London today heard the cause of death was "multiple injuries consistent with a fall from height".

Read more here: Former fiancee of billionaire tycoon who plunged to death from balcony speaks of 'unexpected suicide'  

In a statement read to the court by coroner Shirley Radcliffe, Mr Young's GP Dr Soraya Meer said he had been treated for bipolar affective disorder and for cocaine, cannabis and alcohol abuse since 2011.

"He reported being under huge stress due to his bankruptcy and high profile divorce," she said.

Michelle Young
Michelle Young
Michelle Young - the estranged wife of Scot Young - who both endured a multimillion-pound cash fight at the High Court (Ian Nicholson/PA Wire)

Mr Young was jailed for six months for contempt of court during his high-profile matrimonial row with former partner Michelle as she accused him of hiding away more than £400 million.

Read more here: Billionaire left mental health facility hours before death 

A High Court hearing was told that Mr Young's estranged wife remained empty-handed more than three months after she was awarded £20 million by a judge.

Mr Young's American model girlfriend, Noelle Reno, one of the stars of the Ladies Of London reality TV show, said in a statement following his death that she was ''distraught by the sudden loss of my best friend'' and wanted to ''grieve in peace''.

Mr Young and Ms Reno appeared together in the show, alongside model Caprice and other London socialites.

Psychiatrist Dr Rachel Berg told the inquest that Mr Young had taken an overdose of sleeping pills and anti-depressants in 2006, which she described as self-harm of "moderate intent".

She said that despite receiving treatment for repeated mental health episodes which required him to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he had not thought of hurting himself again until shortly before he died.

But days before he was found dead, Mr Young complained of having trouble sleeping and paranoid thoughts.

Read more here: Circle of tragedy surrounds tycoon in death plunge 

Dr Berg told the coroner's court: "He felt there was a conspiracy to kill him and felt that his girlfriend might be a part of the conspiracy because she was turning the lights on and off."

After hearing a male voice telling him it was "the end of the world" he requested admission to hospital on December 4 2014, where he reported having thoughts of harming himself again.

"He said his children acted as a protective force, that his daughters were preventing him from doing that, that they were something worth living for and actually prevented him from doing that," Dr Berg told the inquest.

Read more here: 'Ring of death' claim as fifth tycoon takes his own life 

Mr Young admitted to "heavy" cocaine use at this time, which he described as unusual for him, and that he had been drinking "six large vodkas" a day, the inquest heard.

The court heard Mr Young was discharged from hospital on the day of his death after his latest psychotic episode was considered to be "drug-induced".

Dr Berg said: "He wasn't voicing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting himself. I found him very stable in his mental state. There was absolutely nothing inappropriate or unusual about how he was behaving."

Read more here: Friends of bankrupt property tycoon impaled on railings 'believe he was murdered by Russian mafia'  

Dr Berg said she was "shocked" to learn Mr Young had died hours later. "It was really unexpected," she told the court. "It was certainly not something I would have predicted at the time I saw him."

The court was played a voicemail message Mr Young left for his daughter Scarlett minutes before his death. In the message, he said: "Hi darling. Just want to say love you loads. Miss you terribly," before he added: "Love you. Bye."

Commenting on the message, Dr Berg told the court: "He loved his daughters. It was a caring message. It felt very normal to me. "He seemed very well and in the same state as when he left hospital."

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