A computer engineer who thought he'd infected his company system with a virus became so wracked with guilt that he telephoned the emergency services to report a suicide and then shot himself through the head.
Eugene Kapustynski, 40, had become distraught after mistakenly believing he had contaminated his work's computer system and stolen some software.
During a recorded 999 call made on 27 September this year, Kapustynski said he wanted to report his own suicide because he had "committed a crime". "I have stolen software from my company. I have ruined my life," he claimed.
Moments later the operator heard a crack as Kapustynski pulled the trigger. Police traced his car to a lay-by off the A3 at Liphook, Hampshire, and found his body in a field. Beside him lay a shotgun and a note saying that he had "brought shame" on his family.
Last week an inquest at Basingstoke coroner's court was told that Kapustynski, from Surbiton, Surrey, had worked for Bellwater, a telecommunications company in Tolworth, for six months.
Despite his fears of having committed any wrongdoing however, a complete systems audit carried out at Bellwater after the incident failed to find any irregularities or thefts. The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.