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UCL graduate Shaun Dowling, 31, has committed suicide after his mental health collapsed following a series of personal traumas, including assault, debt and the loss of his £1.5m Cotswolds home.
The Winchester coroner’s court heard that the ‘gifted’ computer expert was found by his mother at his Hampshire home on August 2 last year after he had been forced to return home.
Mr. Dowling was arrested for assaulting his ex-fiancée, Kim Mills, (pictured) and at the time of his suicide had a pending charge of violating her bail by visiting her.
Mr Dowling’s research has heard that the highly intelligent computer engineer has earned two master’s degrees, one in mathematical engineering from the University of Bristol and one in machine learning from University College London.
His father, Mike Dowling, said he had an “unconventional career path” and moved between well-paying jobs at different start-ups.
Mr. Dowling then set up his own successful investment firm with his wealthy fiancée, Mrs. Mills, who had inherited his mother’s great wealth at a young age.
The couple lived on a farm on the outskirts of the Cotswolds in the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton, which counts celebrities including the Beckhams, Jeremy Clarkson and David Cameron among its residents.
Dowling had “everything to live for,” according to her research, but in the fall of 2020 her mental health began to decline when her engagement fell apart.
The yoga teacher, Ms. Mills, could no longer cope with her erratic behavior, her relationship broke down and Mr. Dowling was arrested for assaulting her, the inquest heard.
It was also around this time that Dowling’s relationship with his father declined due to disagreements over the way she lived his life.
The Winchester coroner’s court heard that the ‘gifted’ computer expert was found by his mother at his Hampshire home on August 2 last year after he was forced to return home.
Later, in April 2021, he breached her bail conditions by going back to her house and ‘scaring’ her. He came to the police and was later charged with violating his bail.
At this point, Mr. Dowling’s mental status rapidly declined and in June 2021 he was admitted to a mental health hospital because he was in a manic state.
He had been ‘expressing grandiose ideas’ and was ‘out of touch with reality’, the Winchester Coroner’s Court heard. When he came out of his manic state, he remembered his social situation and his big debts, became more depressed and started talking about being “better off dead”. Against the advice of some of his care team, Mr Dowling successfully applied to mental health tribunal and was released from Highgate Hospital, London.
The doctors in charge of his care while he was in the hospital argued that his section order should not have been canceled because he was “too soon” and “everything was going to fall apart”.
Dr. Susie Carmen said she was “surprised” that Mr. Dowling’s section order had been lifted because “he was still in such bad shape.”
Mr. Dowling went to live with his mother in Overton after she was discharged from the hospital.
His mother, Pam, said: “When he started talking about suicide, I had no idea how to help him.”
However, after a medication change, he seemed to be on an “upward trajectory,” the inquest heard.
Mr. Dowling repaired his damaged relationship with his father and they began to discuss how to deal with his debt.
However, his mother found her son hanged on August 2 last year, the day she was supposed to see a psychiatrist.
Mr Dowling, who grew up in Hampshire, was heard to have come from a ‘stable’ and ‘loving’ home and had ‘many friends’.
He was ‘focused on his physical and spiritual health’ and enjoyed teaching pilates, martial arts and life coaching.
His psychologist, Dr. Geoff Warburton, who treated Dowling up to three months before his death, said at the inquest that Dowling “wanted to find something that would make the world a better place.”
Dr. Warburton added, “(Mr. Dowling) is the only client I have worked with in over 30 years of practice whose sole focus of therapy had been to improve the world.”