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Gareth Rees, 49, was looking after a wealthy friend’s house when his wife accidentally “dialed” the number on his phone and overheard her “sexually suggestive” conversation with her lover
Mr Rees, who had threatened to “ take a dip, ” jumped into the £ 1.3 million platform’s outdoor pool, despite being terrified of the water and unable to swim.
His wife Claire Rees realized his mistake and ran to Churt’s luxurious home in Surrey where she found him dead in the water.
Gardener drowned in millionaire pals’ swimming pool after he ‘caught wife flirting with another man’ https://t.co/I40zRUHrgF
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Ms Rees said in an investigation that what Gareth heard “would not have been pleasant” while flirting with her new boyfriend Glen Ryan over lunch at a Wetherspoon pub.
The widow told the inquiry: ‘Now I feel really bad about it, but my friends and I joked earlier that Gareth texted me to tell me he was going to take a dip. in the swimming pool.
“He can’t swim, he hated water, he had a phobia, we thought he was joking.
“If the pocket dial had anything to do with his death, that’s something I have to live with. I had to make up with it.”
He added: “I’m not a technician, but I think instead of hitting the submit button while writing to Gareth, I accidentally hit the select button.
“I don’t know exactly what he heard.”
Ms. Rees said she was quick to comfort him after realizing she must have overheard their conversation.
Investigations learned that Gareth and Claire had been separated after 11 years of a turbulent marriage.
But a few weeks after the split, Gareth suspected his wife was dating someone else, leaving him “angry and upset”.
Earlier in the morning of her death, she’d googled the name “Glen Ryan” looking for her new lover on Facebook.
The investigation learned how Gareth Rees had remained at his married home in Farnham, Surrey.
But he had been cleaning up his luxury friend’s apartment in Churt on August 3, while the owners were on vacation in France when he received the pocket.
Pathologist Dr. Robert Chapman confirmed that Gareth had drowned and was drinking over the limit of alcohol at the time of his death.
Paying tribute, Ms. Rees said at the hearing in Woking, Surrey: “Gareth was a lovely person, he was my son’s best stepfather.
“We were drifting and it was my son who said he couldn’t accept the argument. It was a nail in the coffin.”
Coroner’s assistant Dr. Karen Henderson issued an open verdict on drowning after saying she couldn’t be sure the gardener intended to drown.
He added: “It was clear that he was upset that she was leaving, he had heard comments about him that were not flattering and had realized that their marriage was not going to be saved.
“However, I have no evidence that there was any intention of ending his life, he had no known history of mental health problems and no notes were left.”