A HUDDERSFIELD man hanged himself while his family were out shopping, an inquest heard.
Saeed Akhtar, 40, was found dead by his family when they returned from a trip to Morrisons supermarket on December 19 last year.
At the inquest held in Huddersfield yesterday, coroner Roger Whittaker decided that Mr Akhtar had taken his own life.
Mr Akhtar, who lived at Coule Royd in Dalton, had moved to England eight years ago with his wife of 10 years, Kishwar Sultana, and their nine-year-old son Kasim.
On the morning of December 19, Mr Akhtar's step-daughter Shabana Sabar and her husband Imran went to Coule Royd to pick up Mrs Sultana and Kasim for the shopping trip.
They saw Mr Akhtar outside the house and he seemed happy. They returned from Morrisons at 10.45am.
Mrs Sultana could not find her husband downstairs and thought he may be praying upstairs. She sent Kasim to check but he returned crying and unable to speak.
Mr Sabar went upstairs and saw Mr Akhtar hanging on the landing.
He had put a metal bar across the access hole to the loft and had tied a yellow nylon rope around it.
He had put a black hood over his head and then put the rope around his neck and suspended himself, with his feet off the ground.
Mr Akhtar's family said they had no idea why he would want to kill himself.
He was in good health and was happy in his job as a textile spinner at Wellington Mills at Oakes, where he had worked for three years.
However, he had recently said he thought he was going to die.
The coroner said that although no note was left, he was sure Mr Akhtar intended to kill himself.
He said: "From the careful way in which he was suspended I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the only intention he could have had was to take his life."