Top banker found hanged in hotel room

Robert de,Pa
Sunday 21 December 2008 11:02
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A top HSBC banker has been found hanged in the room of a five-star hotel, police said tonight.

Scotland Yard said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Danish-born Christen Schnor, 49, who was found at around 2.40pm on Wednesday at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, west London.

The Mail on Sunday reported Mr Schnor, who leaves a wife and two children, was found hanging by a belt, naked in a closet in his room.

A spokesman for HSBC said: "Our thoughts are with his family and we will do all we can to help them at this difficult time."

Mr Schnor studied at Henley Management College and graduated in 1994.

He joined HSBC in June 2007 when he was appointed head of insurance with responsibilities for Europe and the Middle East.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it had been called to reports of a man found hanging, adding: "The 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A post mortem will take place in due course. His death is being treated as non-suspicious."

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