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Inquest: Accountant's death in Gerrards Cross "a mystery"
THE DEATH of an accountant who was found in his bed while visiting family in South Bucks remains a complete mystery, an inquest heard.
Stephen Witty from Maidstone was found by his mother around 2pm on June 21 after she returned to her home in Meadway Park, Gerrards Cross and noticed her son had not got up.
The 48-year-old had previously tried to commit suicide, and police said they initially suspected he had overdosed as packets of pills were found near his body.
But a toxicology report showed no high or fatal levels of any substance, and a post mortem could find no obvious cause of death.
Mr Witty, who suffered from depression, had previously claimed someone was trying to poison him, and a quantity of mercury was found in his system after his death.
But pathologist Dr Panigrahi said the level was lower than cases in which mercury had been attributed as a cause of death.
Dr Panigrahi also said in his five and a half years of carrying out post mortems, it was the first time he had been unable to establish a cause of death.
However he did suggest an arrhythmia - a fault in the electrical impulse which makes the heart beat - could be the cause, though it was impossible to tell.
Coroner Richard Hulett said: “Whatever appeared to be the cause it was most certainly not a suicide; there is not a scrap of evidence to suggest that.
"It still remains a mystery. Not a sinister mystery in any case, and I have seen cases where people who are not that old and are relatively healthy simply have just simply died."
Mr Hulett recorded a verdict of death by natural causes at Beaocnsfield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.”
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