A GARDENER drowned in his millionaire buddies’ swimming pool after he caught his spouse flirting with one other man, an inquest heard.
Gareth Rees, 49, was house-sitting for a wealthy buddy when his spouse by accident ‘pocket dialled’ him on her cellphone and he heard her “sexually suggestive” dialog along with her lover.
Gareth Rees was discovered drowned in a millionaire’s pool after listening to his spouse Claire’s ‘sexually suggestive’ dialog along with her loveCredit score: Hyde Information & Photos Ltd
He had been house-sitting for a rich pal when he overheard the devastating four-minute name Credit score: Hyde Information & Photos Ltd
Mr Rees, who had been threatening to ‘take a dip’ then threw himself into the out of doors pool of the £1.3 million pad – regardless of being fearful of water and never with the ability to swim.
His spouse Claire Rees realised her blunder and dashed to the posh home in Chert, Surrey, the place she discovered him lifeless within the water.
Mrs Rees instructed an inquest what Gareth heard “wouldn’t have been good” as she flirted with new boyfriend Glen Ryan throughout a lunch-date at Wetherspoon’s.
The widow instructed the inquest: “I really feel actually dangerous about it now however my buddies and I had joked earlier as a result of Gareth had texted me to say he was going for a dip within the pool.
“He can not swim, he hated water, he had a phobia – we thought he was joking.
“If the pocket dial had something to do together with his demise, that’s one thing I’ve to dwell with. I’ve needed to make my peace with it.”
She added: “I’m not a know-how individual however I feel as an alternative of urgent the ship button whereas texting Gareth I by accident pressed the dial button.
“I have no idea precisely what he was in a position to hear.”
Mrs Rees stated she had rushed to console him after realising he will need to have heard her dialog.
The inquest heard Gareth and Claire have been estranged after 11 years of turbulent marriage.
If the pocket dial had something to do together with his demise, that’s one thing I’ve to dwell with
However only a few weeks after the separation Gareth suspected his spouse was romantically concerned with someone else which left him “offended and upset.”
Within the early hours of the morning of his demise, he had Googled the identify “Glen Ryan” trying to find the brand new lover on Fb.
The inquest heard how Gareth Rees had been staying in his marital residence in Alma Lane, Farnham, Surrey.
However he had swapped to house-sit the luxurious pad for buddies in Churt on August 3, whereas the house owners holidayed in France when he acquired the pocket name.
Pathologist Dr Robert Chapman confirmed that Gareth had died from drowning and had drunk over the drink drive restrict of alcohol on the time of his demise.
Claire Rees and her new lover Glen Ryan leaving Woking Coroner following the inquest into her husband’s demiseCredit score: Hyde Information & Photos Ltd
Mrs Rees paid tribute to her husband, who she referred to as a ‘pretty individual’Credit score: Hyde Information & Photos Ltd
Paying tribute, Mrs Rees instructed the listening to, in Woking, Surrey: “Gareth was a beautiful individual, he was the perfect step-father to my son.
“We had each drifted and it was my son that stated he couldn’t address the arguing. That was the nail within the coffin.”
Assistant coroner Dr Karen Henderson recorded an open verdict on the drowning after saying she couldn’t ensure the gardener had meant to drown himself.
She added: “It was clear he was upset that she was shifting on, he had overheard remarks about him that weren’t complimentary and had the realisation that his marriage was not going to be recoverable.
“Nevertheless, I’ve no proof that there was an intention to finish his life, he had no identified historical past of psychological well being issues and no observe was left.”
Exterior the inquest, Gareth’s household blasted the decision as “a shame”.
His dad Mel Rees, stated: “We have been all so joyful once they bought married, we thought he wanted a powerful girl, however I by no means appreciated her.
“When Gareth died at 3.45pm she didn’t even ring us to inform us what had occurred, we had a knock on the door from policemen at 11.30pm that night time.
“When she ultimately instructed us what had occurred she didn’t even cry. She stated she didn’t cry when her personal mom died however there was no emotion there. We all know she used him.”
Mr Rees was discovered drowned in a millionaire’s swimming pool regardless of having a phobia of waterCredit score: Hyde Information & Photos Ltd