F1 boss’s live sui­cide call to girl­friend

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A DIS­TRAUGHT girl­friend, 7,000 miles away from her part­ner, watched in hor­ror as he killed him­self on Skype in front of her.

Julie Zalinksi told how her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years slashed his throat and wrists with a bro­ken glass on the in­ter­net.

She could only watch help­lessly at home in Read­ing, Berks, for more than 10 hours as blood poured from Adrian Row­land’s wounds in In­dia, where he was on busi­ness.

Julie alerted the UK po­lice who con­tacted au­thor­i­ties in Delhi but they were un­able to help the 53-year-old af­ter he re­fused to open his front door.

An in­quest heard laws in In­dia pre­vented the lo­cal po­lice and paramedics from smash­ing their way into Adrian’s flat and sav­ing his life.

Record­ing a nar­ra­tive ver­dict, Ox­ford Coroner Ni­cholas Gar­diner said Adrian, who was once a man­ager in For­mula One, was “clearly go­ing through a ma­jor men­tal cri­sis”.

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