Bigamist took his own life after third wife found out about other woman

Adrian Linham
Adrian Linham

A bigamist took his own life after his third wife found out he had met another woman, an inquest heard.

Adrian Linham, 44, was jailed for 18 weeks in January 2015 after admitting bigamy at North Somerset Magistrates' Court.

Avon Coroner's Court heard Mr Linham had married his third wife in Mexico to "bond their love" while he was still married to his second wife.

After serving nine weeks in prison, unemployed Mr Linham was released and returned to his third wife but met a woman from Cornwall online.

His wife found out about the woman on March 18 this year and Mr Linham, described as a "compulsive liar", was kicked out, the inquest heard.

A dog walker discovered the body of Mr Linham, who had a history of depression, in a barn near his mother's home in Nailsea, north Somerset, on March 28.

Dr Peter Harrowing, assistant coroner for Avon, reached a conclusion of suicide following the one-day inquest in Flax Bourton, near Bristol.

The cause of Mr Linham's death was hanging.

"Adrian had a number of personal issues which had affected him over a period of time," Dr Harrowing said.

"Sadly the deceased left his home on March 28 and was found hanging later that same day. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

Mr Linham's mother Anthea Linham gave a statement to the court describing her son, the youngest of four brothers.

She said he became depressed following an industrial accident and numerous operations relating to a hernia as a young man.

He married his first wife in his early 20s and moved with her to Taunton, Somerset, where she worked at Musgrove Park Hospital.

His first son was born in 2000, followed by his daughter and Mr Linham became a house husband, the inquest was told.

Mr Linham's father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and, shortly after his death, he discovered his wife had been having an affair, the court heard.

"A year later he remarried on the rebound and had a baby girl who is now six," Mrs Linham said.

"I believe he started going on the websites in 2012, where he met a wonderful young woman.

"They went to Mexico and had a marriage to bond their love. He was never married to her in this country therefore he saw no harm."

Mr Linham suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following his prison sentence for bigamy, his mother said.

"When he was released he was a broken man," Mrs Linham said.

"He had no self esteem and was ashamed of his actions. He adored his partner but started looking again on the websites and found a girl in Cornwall."

Mr Linham's wife kicked him out after finding out about the woman on March 18, his mother said.

On March 20, he was taken to Dorset County Hospital after being found on a cliff edge having taken an overdose.

He left hospital on March 23 following an assessment with Andrew Pinder, a mental health liaison nurse who rated him as at a "high risk" of harm.

"His mother had spoken to me previously on the telephone and said he sometimes lied and was a compulsive liar," Mr Pinder told the inquest.

Mrs Linham took her son to two GPs on March 24 and he underwent a mental health assessment over the phone that evening.

Michelle Elkes, who carried out the assessment, put Mr Linham as "medium risk" and scheduled a routine appointment for him within 28 days.

On the morning of March 28, Mr Linham left home after apologising to his mother. She reported him missing to police later that day.

Dog walker Susan Yeo called emergency services at 3.50pm after discovering Mr Linham's body in a barn.

A paramedic pronounced him dead at 4.21pm. A post-mortem examination found his cause of death was hanging.

Dr Harrowing said there had been a "failing" in the way Mr Linham was assessed following his release from hospital.

"Adrian should have been seen much sooner than a routine appointment," he said.

His family did not wish to comment following the inquest.