After being dumped via text by his girlfriend, an inquest heard how 26-year-old Maysam Mayani set himself alight outside her flat in Chelsea, West London. He suffered severe burns and later died in hospital on 25 November last year.
Sona Khamseh had ended the turbulent relationship because her father had not approved. On the day of his death Mayani drove to his ex girlfriend house and texted her saying:
The end, but very sad. You may see me one more time which is my dead body.
Eyewitness Daisy Alexander said that she had heard screaming and saw his body ‘completely ablaze’. She then covered him with her coat but admitted she ‘didn’t know whether it was male or female because they were covered in flames’.
Mayani had attempted to commit suicide a number of times during his time with Miss Khamseh. In October last year he had told her that he was going to jump off Westminster Bridge, but she arrived at the scene and managed to talk him out of it. Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Mayani had a bad history of depression.
Coroner Dr William Dolman said:
He had a troubled life… He was suffering because of his physical disabilities present since birth. He clearly was a volatile character prone to depression and had a difficult relationship with a girlfriend which involved the courts.
PC Alanna Harris spoke to Khamseh after the incident and said:
I think she found it very hard because she did very much love him but the fact that her father was really against her seeing him – she was very much torn.
Coroner Dolman gave a verdict of death by severe burns, but added that Mayani had intended this as a result of his actions.