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Surbiton air steward found dead after end of secret gay affair and unexpected redundancy

A man posted on Facebook his plans to go on his “final journey” before taking his own life in Surbiton’s Victoria Park.

Malcolm McKinlay, 61, of St Andrew’s Square, Surbiton was found dead by a dog walker in Victoria Park on September 26, 2014 having suffocated himself while high on drugs the day before.

In the months before his death he had ended a relationship with a married man and been made “unexpectedly redundant” from his job with Air New Zealand – an inquest at West London Coroner’s Court heard on December 22, 2015.

Police were first alerted to Mr McKinlay missing when a friend on Facebook saw him post his plans to begin his “final journey”.

The court heard how Mr McKinlay reacted badly to the breakup of his affair and redundancy. The toxicology report revealed that Mr McKinlay was heavily intoxicated and had taken numerous hard drugs which “all played a part in Malcolm’s suicide”.

The coroner concluded Mr McKinlay died by asphyxiation.


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