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The Daily Mail
By Luke Salkeld
Last updated at 6:29 PM on 07th August 2008
A businessman decapitated himself in his sports car to get back at his younger wife for leaving him, an inquest heard.
Gerald Mellin, 54, tied one end of a rope to a tree, then climbed into his open-top Aston Martin DB7 and wrapped the other end around his neck.
He then drove his £90,000 car into a busy main road as other drivers watched his horrific death.
Police found his headless body still in on the leather driving seat of the car with his head on the back seat.
An inquest heard that two weeks before his death Mr Mellin had taunted his estranged wife Mirrielle, 33, by showing her the rope in the boot of his luxury vehicle.
Yesterday Mrs Mellin, a mother-of-two, told the inquest that he had threatened suicide after their marriage broke up acrimoniously.
She said: ‘We had split up and been to court.
‘He wanted me to walk away from the farmhouse and the business and leave me with nothing.
‘We met in a pub after a court hearing and he started having a tantrum.
‘As we made our way back to our cars he opened the boot and said: ‘There’s my rope, that’s what I’m going to kill myself with.’
‘I told him to grow up and give me the rope. But he just laughed.’
The court heard that the day before his death Mrs Mellin had been awarded an extra £100-a-week in maintenance from her former husband.
Mr Mellin had then sent her a text message which read: ‘Congratulations XXX’.
It was the last time she heard from him.
Mr Mellin owned a gym and sun tanning centre where his wife had worked as a beautician.
Revenge: Merrin’s ex-wife Mirrielle Evans who is now left with his debts.
The inquest heard the pair had both been married before their wedding in 2002, but they split-up five years later, and Mrs Mellin continued to live in their luxury farmhouse in the village of Crumlin, near Neath, South Wales.
She told the court: ‘Our marriage was horrendous most of the time. After we split he phoned me and said he wanted to do a deal with selling the business.
‘He had been to see an accountant but the way he did it was all wrong. I said it was about time we stopped arguing and started behaving like adults.
‘That was when I met him in the pub and he showed me the rope.’
The inquest in Swansea heard that after her husband’s death she discovered he had cancelled a life insurance policy which would have paid out to her.
She said: ‘He ran up an extortionate amount of debt. I’ve got to sell the farmhouse now, just to pay the debts.
‘Gerald created the debt because he always said if I left him he would leave me with nothing.’
Detective constable Ceri John described the gruesome scene of the suicide near the seafront in Swansea last September.
He told the hearing: ‘He had attached a rope to a tree, then attached the other end to his neck and then driven off at speed.
‘He had made a deliberate and concerted effort to end his own life in a manner most unusual.’
An eye-witness told the hearing how the Aston Martin passed her just after midnight,
Alison Anniah said: ‘It got my attention because It was going so slowly.
‘As the car passed us I saw the body had no head and blood was spurting from the neck in a pumping motion.’
A suicide note was found in Mr Mellin’s pocket detailing his funeral wishes.
The cause of death was given as decapitation.
The hearing was told there was only a small amount of alcohol in his blood and he was on anti-depressants.
Recording a verdict of suicide, Coroner Phillip Rogers said: ‘I’m satisfied this was a deliberate attempt by Mr Mellin to kill himself.
‘He had left a note in the car showing Mr Mellin intended his actions.’