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Inquest into the death of Russian tycoon resumes

An inquest into the death of a Russian tycoon has heard evidence - from the bodyguard - who found him dead at his home in Ascot - a year ago.

Boris Berezovsky, who'd been a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, had lost a 3 billion pound court case against Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abromovich.

Our reporter, Cary Johnston, has been following the inquest at Windsor Guildhall for us today.

Losing court battle "broke" Berezovsky

The Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, found dead at his Berkshire home, became a "broken man" and spoke of killing himself after losing a multibillion-pound legal battle with Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, his inquest has heard.

His body was discovered slumped on the floor by his bodyguard at his ex-wife's luxury home in Ascot last March.

His death came months after his case involving billionaire Mr Abramovich ended in defeat - costing him millions of pounds and altering his personality, the hearing was told.

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Oligarch 'frequently talked about suicide'

Boris Berezovsky talked regularly about suicide and described himself as "the poorest man in the world" before his death, an inquest has heard.

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Bodyguard says Berezovsky would talk frequently about suicide

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Bodyguard says Berezovsky would tell him - I'm not a billionaire I'm the poorest man in the world.

Mr Berezovsky's body guard added, however, that security was "very light" at the Berkshire home where the oligarch was found dead.

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Bodyguard describes security at house where Berezovsky died as very light - anyone could break in

Read: Berezovsky 'a broken man' after Abramovich case

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Berezovsky 'unprotected' on day of his death

Boris Berezovsky was unprotected by security for "a couple of hours" prior to his death, an inquest into the Russian oligarch's death has heard.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports:

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Bodyguard also says Berezovsky's huge security operation reduced to single bodyguard after he lost case with Abramovich

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Berezovsky was unprotected for a couple of hours on the day of his death when his bodyguard went shopping

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Berezovsky a 'broken man' after Abramovich case

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was a "broken man" after losing a lengthy court case against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, an inquest has heard.

The loss in the £3 billion claim is thought to have cost Mr Berezovsky £70 million in total.

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Inquest hearing evidence from former staff members that Berezovsky was a "broken man" after he lost case against Roman Abramovich

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Berezovsky's bodyguard describes him as very depressed in the last 4 months of his life

Read: Berezovsky loses oligarch feud

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Berezovsky family questioned over new information

Boris Berezovsky's family has been asked why 'potentially significant' information was only presented to a coroner two days before his inquest was set to resume.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports from Windsor Guildhall:

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Coroner asking Berezovsky's family why he only received information of potential significance to inquest 2 days before

The inquest into Mr Berezovsky's death was opened and quickly adjourned shortly after his death in March last year.

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Council decision deferred over late night tax

Councillors discussing whether a levy should be put on bars and clubs to police drunken revellers in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot have deferred the decision for further investigation.

The Royal Borough councillors will review whether the tax will raise enough money to offset costs of policing the three areas at night which is estimated at £1million a year.

Benefits cheat claimed she was a single mum when in fact she was married

Lisa Lay, 47, a former civil servant, failed to disclose her husband’s income on her tax credits claims between 2003 and 2011, telling HM Revenue and Customs officers that she had been separated from her husband since 1998.

When arrested in November 2011, Lay said she was separated from her husband and that he had been living with her parents and parents-in-law. She said she had never actually told her family that she and her husband were no longer a couple.

HMRC exposed her lies, getting evidence including photos of family holidays _that proved they had been together throughout her claim, living at three addresses in Sunningdale and Ascot, Berkshire.

This was fraudulent from the outset. These benefits were not being used for necessities; benefits are there for people who need them and not for going on holiday. People who choose to defraud the benefit system must be marked by an immediate custodial sentence

– Her Honour Judge Morris
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