Julie Zalinski had never thought she would witness something as heart-wrenching and horrible as seeing her boyfriend of two and a half years slit his own throat in front of her, while she could do nothing but witness the tragedy from far.
Zalinski was helpless because Adrian Rowland, her boyfriend, who was in India from the past 3 weeks on business, killed himself on a video call 7,000 miles away from her.
The saddest part is that Rowland could have perhaps been saved. The ordeal went on for 10 hours, as Zalinsky panicked, alerted the UK police of the situation and even though they managed to contact the local authorities in Delhi, India, the local cops could not get him to open the door.
Rowland, 53, had slashed his throat and wrists. While local cops reached before Rowland died, there are, apparently, laws in India that prevented the local police and paramedics from smashing their way into Rowland's flat and saving his life.
Zalinski begged her lover to get help, but he refused. He was just in a complete state, said Zalinski, while standing on the witness stand, talking about the morning of Sunday, Nov. 27, last year.
He was sweating profusely and his eyes were just staring. He kept saying 'they are going to get me, they are going to get me, she added.
Rowland took his own life after being agitated as a result of suffering from a major mental crisis, reports Daily Mail.
He said there were people in the room that weren't there, said his traumatized partner. I just kept reassuring him that nobody was there and that I was here for him. I told him that I wasn't going to leave him and would get help to him, said Zalinski.
Zalinski described the scene and the event of Rowland's death. She said, initially she could help Rowland gain control and calm down. But after a point, He then just started to drift to another place again and just got up, she said.
He started bashing everything around in his flat. He walked into the kitchen, grabbed a glass and smashed it on the table - then stuck it straight into his neck.At that point myself and my friend just looked at one another and ran from the bedroom where the computer was and didn't say anything to one another. We couldn't believe what we had just seen.
She also talked about how emotional he was while leaving for India, but he said it was for a better future for himself and Zalinski.
He was very well thought of out there and was well looked after. But he really missed his boys and didn't like being away from the UK and me.
Zalinski was always aware of his mental health issues and was happy that he had started to socialize. But she started worrying when Rowland started behaving strangely, even a day before his death.
He told her that she was being rude in front of his guests, who were already present in the room, when there was actually no one the previous day. Later he sent her loving texts and Zalinski was reassured all was well.
It was the next morning that he went hysterical when she first saw him on Skype.
After Rowland injured himself wounding his neck badly, her colleague convinced him to wrap a tea towel around his neck, while she assisted the force control room to raising the alarm in India, says the Mail Online report.
Zalinski said she could hear the paramedics and the local Indian police outside Rowland's front door but he refused to answer it.
He didn't believe it was the police, he thought it was the people who wanted to get him, she said.
Rowland could not be saved because the police and ambulance service in India do not have the power to break in and had no choice but to leave, claiming eventually that there was nothing they could do.
The coroner was told that help reached Rowland 10 hours after the initial call to India, but it was too late and he was pronounced dead in a hospital in New Delhi.
Zalinski had met Rowland at work two-and-a-half years ago.
I loved him, she said.
We both really loved each other. We were so happy together. It was taken away. He was full of life and always lived it to the full. It was nothing to do with a row. We did not have an argument beforehand, she added.
Rowland's best friend Michael Pepper said that Zalinski really loved Rowland. He was the happiest he had ever been, he said.