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UK woman watched boyfriend kill himself over Skype in India

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2012 23:19 IST
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Just a month after they travelled together to the Taj Mahal, she watched in horror, thousands of miles away, as her allegedly depressed 53-year-old boyfriend plunged a shard of glass into his already bloodied body over and over again.

More than five months ago, Adrian Rowland, a British automobile consultant, had slashed his throat and wrists at a rented accommodation in south Delhi's Green Park while his girlfriend looked over the internet.

"The incident had occurred on November 27 last year when Rowland was chatting with his partner, Julie Zalinski, who was at Reading in the UK, on Skype," said a senior police officer.

The matter came to light after Zalinksi finally broke her silence about her trauma at an investigation on the death in Oxford on Tuesday and was reported by an international daily. According to the said report, Zalinski said Rowland had been hallucinating the day before as well.

Zalinski said the previous day he had told her that he had guests for dinner. She was happy that he was socialising but got worried when he said the guests were already seated though the camera behind him showed that the dining table was empty, the report stated.

Zalinksi also claimed that she had first informed the British Police about the matter which, in turn, alerted the Delhi Police through a post-haste communication via the British High Commission.

"A PCR van had reached Rowland's flat four minutes after his neighbours called and told the control room that Rowland was creating a ruckus in his flat by breaking furniture," the officer maintained.

"Since the High Commission had been informed, their own ambulance had reached the spot with the local police but Rowland asked both of them to go away. He then seems to have gone back to chatting with Zalinski and slashing himself as she watched."

Another excuse that the police gave for not being able to save Rowland was 'lack of his consent' to open the door.

According to the report, the Oxford inquest was told that Indian laws, unlike British laws, prevented police from breaking into a flat. "There are certain contradictions in the story which has been reported and we are checking our records before making a statement," the officer added.