Top Trader Jumped To Death At 'Welcome Home' Party


The untimely death of 36-year-old UBS Asian equity derivatives trading co-head Neil McCormick in June is old news, but only now have details emerged about how it happened.

The Daily Mail reports that McCormick returned to England to attend a wedding, and the day after went to a barbie in Holland Park, West London, which was arranged to welcome him back home.

An inquest this week heard that McCormick was seen to snort a line of cocaine from a plate in the kitchen, and then went to sleep it off. When he awoke, he was said to be disorientated (mumbling 'guys don't do this to me') and then 'went out on to the patio on the fourth floor, vaulted across some pot plants and on to scaffolding', before jumping 60 feet to his death onto a pile of rubble.

The coroner issued a verdict of misadventure, saying: 'I don't think he intended to kill himself. His action was a result of taking cocaine'.

McCormick was happily married, and had a young baby son.

In the meantime, The Tribune reports that Bahamian investment banker Humphrey Simmons caught a Tiger shark south of Nassau a few days back, and was just about to unhook it to let it go, when a human foot emerged from its mouth.

The banker kept the shark and turned it over to the authorities, who cut it open. Inside was a man's severed right leg, two severed arms and a torso in two sections.

Finally, Forbes reports that Tara Bryson, the 36-year-old head of investor relations over at Connecticut-based hedge fund New Stream Capital, was arrested a few days back on felony charges for allegedly 'running a huge year-round pot farm inside her home'. Ms Bryson's boyfriend, Michael Hearl, described the charges as 'bogus', and is reported as saying that the couple did run a business from home - but it was a goat farm, not a pot farm 'as we didn't have that many plants'.

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