A depressed businessman going through a divorce decapitated himself by tying a rope to a tree and driving away in his open-top car, an inquest has heard.
Gerald Mellin, 54, of Neath, showed the rope to his 33-year-old wife two weeks earlier when he had asked her to quit their business and their farmhouse.
He cancelled his life insurance and ran up debts because he wanted to leave her “with nothing,” the hearing was told.
Swansea coroner Phillip Rogers recorded a verdict of suicide.
Mr Mellin’s widow Mirrielle told the hearing she had won a court order the day before her husband’s suicide for an extra £100 a week from him to help with the running of the house.
He sent her a text message that evening saying “Congratulations XXX” and that was the last time she heard from him.
Gerald created the debt because he always said if I left him he would leave me with nothing
Early on 14 September 2007, Mr Mellin tied one end of a rope to a tree in a car park on Mumbles Road in Swansea.
He wrapped the other end around his neck and accelerated away in his Aston Martin DB7.
A suicide note was found in Mr Mellin’s pocket detailing his funeral wishes.
The hearing was told Mr Mellin owned a gym and sun tanning centre, where his wife worked as a beautician.
The couple married in 2002 but had split up in 2007 and Ms Mellin continued living in their farmhouse at Crumlin, near Neath.