Family pays tribute to son, brother and friend

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A family has paid tribute to a man, described as a reliable and loveable son, brother and friend, who died after taking his own life.

The body of Mr Peter Fluitman, 50, of Shenley Church End, was found at his work place, Unit 19, Hurst End Farm, in North Crawley, at 3.05am on July 14, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

He had been reported as missing the day before.

The alarm was raised after Mr Fluitman, a self employed mechanical engineer, failed to return home for dinner on July 13 at 7pm.

His mother reported him as missing after trying unsuccessfully to reach him by phone, with calls going straight through to his answerphone.

Police investigated andcarried out a full search for him.

When they went to the North Crawley based garage unit they found the front door had been locked from the inside.

They borrowed a sledgehammer from the farm owner and smashed their way in where they found Mr Fluitman’s body hanging from a single strap ligature.

There was a small stepladder underneath him and one handwritten note that referred to car repairs.

Paramedics who attended the scene pronounced him dead at the scene just after 3am on July 14

The coroner concluded there was no indication of depression and that the incident was not regarded to be an accident saying that ‘he took his own life and intended to’.

Verdict: Suicide