Family’s anguish over electrocution tragedy

IPSWICH: Electrocution victim Johnathan Ehlert’s heartbroken family today paid tribute to the father-of-two who died at a Ipswich substation.

The 30-year-old’s mother Denise Collins, spoke on behalf of Mr Ehlert’s partner Kerri Velzian, their children Zoe, eight, and Reece, two, as well as Mr Ehlert’s three brothers, Tony, Simon and Mark, and sister Sammy.

Ms Collins, of Schreiber Road, said: “Words can’t express how much John will be missed by all his family. John and Kerri were childhood sweethearts and inseparable. The children were his life. John would do anything for them.

“He was a lovely son. We had our ups and downs, but John was always the one, who if something had to be done, he would be the at the centre of it.”

Mr Ehlert grew up in Fletcher Road and attended Morland Primary School before going on to Holywells High School.


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Ms Collins said: “John was into everything. He was very mischievous. He always liked a laugh and liked to play jokes on people.

“John would always help out around the house. The best way to describe my John was good was never good enough for him, he always wanted better. He was a wonderful brother. He was always worried and concerned (for his family). He was a kind, loving man.

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“The last time I saw John he kissed me goodbye and told me he loved me – the same as always.”

Mr Ehlert’s family are now making arrangements for his funeral, which will be held at All Hallows Church in Landseer Road, Ipswich, at 11am on May 5.

They said anyone wishing to come along to the service is welcome and are asking everyone to wear blue, which Mr Ehlert loved.

A private ceremony will be held at Ipswich Cemetery after the service.

Mr Ehlert was killed at a substation in Ransomes Way last Wednesday. Paramedics were alerted to his injuries when they received a call just after 11.25pm.

Yesterday, Richard Jones, a spokesman for Ipswich Police, confirmed the cause of Mr Ehlert’s death and said another man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Mr Jones said: “The post mortem into the death of Johnathan Ehlert was held on Friday, April 16. The cause of death was established as electrocution.

“Today, a 24-year-old male from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of burglary.”

The arrested man has been bailed to return to Ipswich Police Station on June 4.

n Would you like to pay tribute to Mr Ehlert? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or you can send an e-mail to eveningstar letters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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