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Deeside builder took his own life, inquest hears

A BUILDER who had a ‘great deal to live for’ hanged himself in a remote field, an inquest heard.

Father-of-two William Brown, 47, was found by a dog walker in a location off Shotton Lane on January 17.

Mr Brown, of King George Street, Shotton, had been known to suffer from depression, the inquest at Mold Law Courts was told.

His wife Sharon Brown told the hearing he would go ‘quiet and withdrawn’ and had tried to harm himself in the past.

Mrs Brown said on the Saturday before his death her husband went out for a drink with friends.

He spent the Sunday in bed sleeping it off.

On the Monday she returned from work at lunchtime and his van was gone. She said she assumed he was out on a job and expected him home in the evening – but he didn’t return.

“I noticed he hadn’t taken his phone with him,” added Mrs Brown.

“There had been other occasions when he would stay out until the early hours but he always came home. This was out of the ordinary.”

Mrs Brown informed police her husband was missing and his body was found on the Tuesday.

Acting coroner for North East Wales John Gittins recorded a verdict of suicide.

He said: “It passes me by why people choose to do this when they are clearly loved and cared for. He had a great deal to live for.”