Monday 18 December 2017

Divorce row tycoon Scot Young told girlfriend he was 'going to jump' before falling to his death

Scot Young died after reportedly falling onto railings outside a London property (Tim Goode/PA Wire)
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 told his former model girlfriend he was going to jump out of his four-storey flat moments before he was found impaled on railings, an inquest has heard.

The bankrupt businessman, who was sent to prison during a public divorce row over a multimillion-pound settlement, had also texted American Noelle Reno to say he had "hit rock bottom", a coroner was told.

Scot Young with Noelle Reno
Scot Young with Noelle Reno

Young, who battled drug problems and was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, had been discharged from hospital hours before his death outside luxury flats in Marylebone, central London, in December.

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

He had been receiving treatment following a pyschotic episode in which he believed his ex-girlfriend may have been part of a "conspiracy to kill him", an inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

Mr Young's two daughters Sasha and Scarlett do not believe their father killed himself but police have insisted there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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

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Ms Reno, who appeared in the Ladies Of London reality TV show with Mr Young, told the court he unexpectedly turned up at their flat on December 8 after she had arranged to change the locks at the property.

"He was desperate, more than I have ever seen him," Ms Reno said.

"Desperate in a different kind of way.

Flowers are left at the scene in Montagu Square, Marylebone, London, after bankrupt tycoon Scot Young, died after reportedly falling on to railings at the upmarket London property. Mr Young, 52, known for fighting a long legal battle with his ex-wife over a multimillion-pound settlement, died on Monday evening (Louisa Collins-Marsh/PA Wire)
Flowers are left at the scene in Montagu Square, Marylebone, London, after bankrupt tycoon Scot Young, died after reportedly falling on to railings at the upmarket London property. Mr Young, 52, known for fighting a long legal battle with his ex-wife over a multimillion-pound settlement, died on Monday evening (Louisa Collins-Marsh/PA Wire)

"He was completely sober.

"It was the first time I had actually seen him cry."

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Ms Reno said she dropped her Blackberry phone in the toilet as Mr Young became "angry and irate" when she repeatedly refused to allow him to stay at the flat.

After Ms Reno left the property, Mr Young sent a text to her minutes before his death which read: "Now I've hit rock bottom as you will see! Loved you like no other. Love you always and forever."

He then told her on the phone: "I'm going to jump out of the window.

"Stay on the phone, you will hear me", before she rang police.

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Mr Young had also left a voicemail message to one of his daughters minutes before his death, in which he said: "Hi darling. Just want to say love you loads. Miss you terribly," before he added: "Love you. Bye."

Ms Reno told the inquest that Mr Young had previously threatened to harm himself during a "severe psychotic breakdown" in 2012.

"He had a knife, it was very scary, but I have never actually seen him actually physically do anything," she added.

Ms Reno said that the tycoon had suffered a "real decline" after an unfavourable ruling in his divorce case in October 2014.

"I think he was upset about many, many things," Ms Reno told the inquest.

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Ms Reno - who dated Mr Young on and off for five-and-a-half years - said he told her he had taken cocaine every day for three weeks before he was admitted to hospital in early December.

The inquest heard he felt under "huge stress" from his bankruptcy and high-profile divorce in the months before his death.

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 and alcohol abuse since 2011.

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

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

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.

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.

Psychiatrist Dr Rachel Berg told the inquest that Mr Young had previously taken an overdose of sleeping pills and anti-depressants in 2006.

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

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."

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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.

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 was told 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."

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."

Dr Nathaniel Cary, a pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination on Mr Young's body, told the inquest that the cause of death had been "multiple injuries consistent with a fall from height and impaling".

He told the inquest: "I concluded that death would have been almost instantaneous upon impact, in other words he would have felt nothing about it."

Dr Susan Paterson, who conducted a toxicology report, said cocaine was not found in Mr Young's blood following his death.

But levels of cocaine detected in his hair, which indicated drug use over the last six months, were "very, very high", she said.

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