Maesbury man searches for clues to brother's death

Reporter:

Robert Doman

A MAESBURY man who pulled his dead brother from a canal has pleaded for anyone with information to come forward and help piece together the circumstances surrounding the death.
Barry Tuffin, pulled his brother Colin, 54, from a stretch of the Montgomery Canal at the Queen’s Head, near West Felton, at around 9.15am on December 7, after he spotted his body floating in the water.
But despite police saying that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with his death, Barry is certain that his brother could not simply have fallen in.
“Although he was walking back from the Queen’s Head pub he wasn’t drunk. Apparently he had only had about three pints,” Mr Tuffin said.
“I was driving along the canal in the morning and I noticed something red in the water, I thought it was a sleeping bag at first and then I realised it was a body. I fetched my son to help me pull it out and then I saw that it was Colin.
“It was terrible to find him like that, I see that vision every day.”
Colin Tuffin had lived on the canal for 15 years and his brother is adamant that he knew the path very well. He cannot understand how he would suddenly have lost his bearings. The path itself is more than wide enough for a car to go down, with a grass verge of about five feet separating it from the water, and is within 50 yards of the pub where he was last seen alive.
“Something is niggling at me,” he continued. “I can’t think how he’s just come here and fallen in, something is not quite right with it.
“They found his torch on the side and he had been trying to get out. I’ve measured the depth of the water there and it only comes up to your chest, he should have been able to climb out.
“The results of the post-mortem were that he drowned. He didn’t suffer a heart attack or anything like that, if he had I would be able to understand it.
“We had dinner together on that Sunday afternoon and he had walked his dogs. He had been as happy as Larry.”
Colin’s watch had stopped at 11.40pm, shortly after he had left the pub, and now his family have been left wondering about his final moments. His mobile phone has never been found and according to his brother, police have never checked his phone records.
The spot is often frequented by courting couples in cars and now Mr Tuffin is asking anyone who might have seen his brother, or who may know anything about his death, to come forward.
“I’m just trying to put all our minds at rest,” he added.
Mr Tuffin is asking anyone with information to call 07552 183071.
A date for an inquest into Colin Tuffin’s death is yet to be set.

 

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