Watch dealer was found dead in woodland a day after he was robbed, inquest hears

Oliver White with his partner Alana Dredge  (Supplied)
Oliver White with his partner Alana Dredge (Supplied)

A watch dealer was found hanged in woodland the day after he was put in a choke-hold during a £2.8million robbery in south west London, an inquest has heard.

Oliver White, 27, was robbed by two unarmed men who plundered luxury watches from the shop where he worked in Kew Road, Richmond on May 25.

He was left "traumatised" and "unable to speak" by the robbery, an inquest at Surrey Coroners was told.

Oliver, who worked as a watch dealer at the store, was found dead in Shepperton, Surrey the next day.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, the Metropolitan Police said.

A post-mortem found Oliver died from suspension.

Coroner Simon Wickens said Oliver was identified by his stepfather Mark.

Coroner's Officer Adam Stewart said: "He confirms he had known Oliver for 19 years and saw him after he had died at the aforementioned woodland area on the 26 May."

The coroner released Oliver's body to his family and adjourned the inquest until a later date.

Mr Wickens said: "An inquest is requested due to the unnatural nature of the death.

In a statement his family said: "Our son Oliver returned home from his place of work on Saturday traumatised and unable to speak.

"He had been the victim of a terrifying attack and high value robbery at his place of work, which was later shared widely on social media.

"Sadly, it is our belief that Oliver subsequently took his own life due to the anguish and distress of this terrible incident.

"As a family we are devastated by the loss of our beautiful, funny, loyal boy, who lit up every room he walked into."

The Met said a man and woman, both in their 30s, were arrested in connection with the robbery, which took place at around 2.50pm.

The woman has since been released under investigation.

The man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Mather said: "First and foremost, our thoughts remain with Mr White's family and friends at this unimaginably difficult time.

"We would ask that they are given the privacy they need to grieve.

"We are working tirelessly to get them the answers they need and are making good progress with our investigation.

"We urge anyone who has information that could assist us to get in touch as soon as possible.

"The images we have provided are good quality and someone must recognise the men we need to speak to. If you don't want to contact police, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously."

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