Man found dead at Shendish had ‘needed space’

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A MAN who checked into Shendish Manor was discovered hanging in woodland at the luxury hotel and golf course, an inquest heard.

Herts Coroner’s Court was told Pankaj Patel, 41, of Ash Walk in Wembley, left a note in his room on May 21 saying: ‘You will find me in a wooded area 200 metres behind your gazebo’.

The court heard Mr Patel had been contacted by police earlier that day when his wife raised the alarm after he sent her a text, but he would not say where he was.

Coroner Edward Thomas said: “He was asked: ‘Why have you left home without telling anyone?’ He said there was nothing wrong. ‘I needed some time alone to be by myself. My family keep getting on at me and I needed some time alone’. He was asked if he had money worries and he said: ‘Not really, I just need some space’. This officer was extremely shocked to find the following day Mr Patel had been found hanging.”

The court was told Mr Patel had taken an overdose of a heart drug in October last year due to work-related stress but an assessment had found him to be remorseful and he ‘didn’t appear psychotic’.

In the evening on May 20 he was seen in the bar talking to two people and afterwards he sent a text to his wife, the court heard.

On the day he died a cleaner found the note in his room but she could not read English well and it was only after he failed to check out that a manager saw it and called the police.

Mr Thomas, recording a verdict of suicide, said another note was found in which he apologised to his family and asked for forgiveness.