A BANK boss who feared he was about to be investigated by the banking regulator and jailed drowned himself, an inquest heard
Adrian Hill, 60 was found face down in the pool at his multi-million pound home by his wife and their groundskeeper, who lived on the estate.
He had told wife Belinda he was going to make a cup of tea in the early hours, a habit she said he had developed, usually followed by him changing his mind.
But instead he crept out into the garden of his Henley-on-Thames house and got under the cover of the outdoor swimming pool where he drowned.
When he did not return, the inquest heard, 58-year-old Mrs Hill became concerned and went downstairs to find the lights were off in the kitchen and the door to the garden open.
She called groundskeeper Angus Palmer and they began searching for him at the Oxfordshire property.
“I thought he might be in the swimming pool or at the shed,” she told the inquest in a statement.
“There is a short walk way to get to the pool. I saw his red dressing gown on the pool side and a cup on my exercise machine.”
Mrs Hill went to the controls to roll the pool cover back she saw her husband floating face down in the water at around 2am.
He was taken to hospital but was declared dead shortly after arrival.
Father-of-two Mr Hill was a director of HFC Bank before it was taken over by the HSBC.
At the time of his death he was a director for Garnet, based in Clapham, south east London.
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The millionaire become convinced a regulator was going to send him to jail and he began to suffer from manic episodes in the months leading up to his death on March 29.
Mrs Hill told the inquest she had been concerned about her husband’s manic episodes in the summer of last year.
“Adrian had become very hyped up and manic about certain issues and started to write excessive compulsive letters,” she said.
“He was talking under his breath and there was a lot of getting himself into a pickle and worrying about things, worrying about his paperwork.
“He was concerned that a regulator was going to come and arrest him.”
The inquest heard that on after returning from a holiday in America, Mr and Mrs Hill had visited their local GP, Dr Shams Aljoboori
Dr Aljoboori said: “He was having some manic-like episodes, like going out and buying expensive pictures, for example.”
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The inquest heard that on the evening before her husband’s suicide, Mrs Hill sat him down, made him dinner and tried to find out what they could do to help him.
She said she was “quite firm with him”, although she said they did not argue and instead went to bed.
Coroner Sonia Hayes said Mr Hill had entered the water intentionally, saying it was unlikely he had opened the cover and then fallen into the water, and recorded a verdict of suicide.
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