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Suicide man had lost brother and his job.

Byline: Charlotte Lowe Reporter

A SOUTH Wales man struggling to cope with the death of his brother was found hanged the day he was due to be evicted from his flat, an inquest heard.

Cardiff Coroner's Court heard yesterday that Paul Bruten, 45, was suffering with depression and alcohol dependency.

He had lost his brother Stephen Bruten, 45, in 2009, had divorced, lost his job and was due to lose his home.

Coroner Thomas Atherton recorded a verdict of suicide.

"We had no idea Paul would take his life. It has been a complete shock. We feel completely helpless that there's nothing we can do," his mother Eileen Bruten said in a statement.

The inquest heard that Mr Bruten had scheduled a meeting with Elspeth McManus, owner of Colston Lettings Ltd in Llantwit Major, at 10.30am on October 17 last year about his eviction over missed rent payments.

But when Ms McManus knocked at the door of his flat at Newton House, East Street, Llantwit Major, he did not answer, so she used a spare key to gain entry. In her statement, read to the court, she said she found Mr Bruten hanged from a loft hatch.

The inquest heard how the 45-year-old father of two was taking anti-depressants and battling alcohol issues.

He was supposed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was referred to his local Community Mental Health Team but was thought to be missing appointments.

In her statement, his mother said she had last seen her son about eight months before his death and he had become reclusive.

The Shropshire Star reported in 2009 that his brother, Stephen Bruten, had died of puncture wounds to the chest.

Mid and North Shropshire Coroner's Office told the newspaper that a verdict of accidental death was recorded from the inquest of Stephen Bruten.

"They [Paul and Stephen] had argued and never made up when Stephen died and it played on his mind," Mrs Bruten said in her statement.

"I think the combination of Paul being depressed and losing his brother and his job was too much for him."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 17, 2014
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