Inquest hears details of recession-hit banker's death

Inquest hears details of recession-hit banker's death


An inquest was told yesterday how a successful banker spiralled into depression and drug dependence after losing massive amounts of money in the economic downturn. He was found dead from an overdose in February this year.

Millionaire Melvin Thomas Sabour, the managing director of AKN Investments, suffered heart failure at his flat in


after taking a fatal overdose of cocaine, opium and alcohol.

Mr Sabour died in front of his girlfriend, 28 year old model Kyara Dekker, who confirmed that he would often drink as many as four bottles of vodka a night and take cocaine on a daily basis. “He was very depressed.” She said.

The banker moved to



New York

in late 2006 to assume the position of managing director at AKN, based in

Berkeley Square

. He was described as “very sociable” by those who knew him.

However, as the recession began to take hold, troubles emerged in his business and Mr Sabour turned to anti-depressants in order to cope. His doctor, Jhanux Masani said: “He mentioned he was depressed as he had lost a lot of money in his investments.”

The Westminster Coroner, Dr Paul Knapman ruled that Mr Sabour died of heart failure “in the presence of multiple drugs.”


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