EXCLUSIVE: Martin Skinner who was jailed in 2019 for crashing his Porsche into a tree in Worthing, West Sussex while on cocaine has died aged 42
A former British multimillionaire bankrupt businessman who was jailed for crashing his £ 140,000 Porsche while high in cocaine has died of a heroin overdose at a five-star hotel in Dubai.
Martin Skinner, 42, was jailed in 2019 for crashing his Porsche 911 GT3 into a tree in Worthing, West Sussex, when he was high in cocaine.
He has battled Class A drug addiction for years, a coroner heard, and the incident saw him lose his £ 500million property companies Inspire Asset Management and Inspired Developments London and be declared bankrupt.
West London Coroner’s Court has heard that the father-of-one, from Chelsea, west London, was found dead at Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City in Dubai on May 11.
No family member attended the brief hearing, during which the coroner read several documents in the file.
Mr Skinner’s former partner, Magdalena, said in a statement: “Martin was an ambitious and intelligent businessman, he built a successful business as a real estate developer. He lost his father at a young age. , but that didn’t stop him from being a loving family man. “
She said he was a “car fanatic” who enjoyed travel and tennis, but had been ill for “many years” from drug addiction.
Ms Skinner said: “He was in rehab but was never mentally strong enough to fight his addiction. It resulted in him losing his business and being declared bankrupt.
“He couldn’t get over his addiction, which cost him everything.”
The coroner also heard from Mr Skinner’s GP at Knightsbridge Medical Center, who said his patient struggled with cocaine addiction for 15 years and received drug rehabs, including The Priory.
A forensic report from a Dubai hospital said morphine was found in Mr Skinner’s blood and urine in a “concentration which would produce death”.
Senior Coroner Chinyere Inyama said, “Morphine comes from the use of heroin.”
Mr. Skinner’s death was “drug-related,” the coroner concluded.
Worthing Magistrates’ Court was told he was driving the luxury car so fast the engine died and his passenger had to be in a medically induced coma for a week, suffering from life-changing injuries.
The court heard that the couple drove to stores, but the woman asked them to slow down because he was driving so fast everything was blurry.
However, he ignored her pleas and ended up crashing into a tree.
The judge called the real estate developer “arrogant” after he jailed him for 22 weeks for reckless driving.
Mr Skinner is believed to have been in Dubai to help rebuild his wallet, posting a series of social media updates before his death, including: “I’m living my best. Homeless … but no longer a bankrupt life . “
Olga Velskaia, 36, told the Mirror last month that she was in the United Arab Emirates with Mr Skinner, but went to stay at another hotel the day before she died because they were disputed.
Ms Velskaia said: “He called me and called all night, but I slept. I regret and blame myself for not coming.
“He was the most creative person I know, wherever he went he captured the attention of any business and the public.
“He was incredibly charismatic and talented. He couldn’t be alone, he always needed people around him.
“He helped everyone the best he could, even when he needed help himself.
“Sometimes I was fed up with so many people in the house, but I realized he needed it.
“What I admired was that he was not afraid of public opinion and never judged anyone.
“[He] scolded me if I cared what people would say. He always did what he wanted.
“He was always in the spotlight, and even when he was gone people kept talking about him. He left as brilliantly as he lived.”