Scot Young jumped to his death in Marylebone after years of divorce wrangling with former wife Michelle who alleged he was worth ‘billions’
The death of a bankrupt businessman impaled on railings after he fell from a fourth floor of a luxury flat in west London cannot be ruled a suicide due to insufficient evidence, a coroner has decided.
Scot Young, 52, had been involved in a protracted divorce battle with his ex-wife, had been discharged from hospital hours before he was found impaled on railings outside Montague Square in Marylebone.
The father-of-two jailed for six months in January 2013 for contempt of court during his divorce from former partner Michelle, who accused him of spiriting away assets worth £400m. Mrs Young later described a £20m payout ordered at the High Court following a six-year legal battle as “a disgrace”, insisting her husband was worth “billions” and had hidden his money in offshore accounts. She also alleged Young’s friends, retail magnate Philip Green and X Factor creator Simon Cowell had been involved in the conspiracy.
Recording a narrative verdict at Westminster coroner’s court, coroner Shirley Radcliffe said: “I have concluded that there is inconclusive evidence to determine his state of mind and intention when he came out of the window.”
Many of Young’s inner circle, including his two daughters, Sasha and Scarlett, do not believe their father committed suicide. Rumours surfaced immediately after his gruesome death about a Russian gangland hit but police have insisted there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. The coroner has also ruled out foul play. “I think the police are entirely correct in that there is no suspicious circumstances,” she concluded.
His girlfriend Noelle Reno, who appeared in the Ladies Of London reality TV show with Young, told the court he unexpectedly turned up at their flat on 8 December last year. After Reno left the property, Young texted her shortly before his death plunge: “Now I’ve hit rock bottom as you will see! Loved you like no other. Love you always and forever.”
He later told her on the phone: “I’m going to jump out of the window. Stay on the phone, you will hear me.” Dr Nathaniel Cary, a pathologist who carried out a postmortem examination on Young’s body, told the inquest that the cause of death had been “multiple injuries consistent with a fall from height and impaling”.