A 19-year-old student who suffered from a brain injury as a baby at the hands of his father, died following a seizure, a court heard. 

Liam Kerr, of Stuart Close, Gorleston, was found at home by his mother having a seizure in his bed on the morning of May 5.

An inquest into his death heard how Mr Kerr had suffered from infrequent seizures since he was three months old.

This was due to being shaken as a baby by his father, who was later jailed for grievous bodily harm.

Mr Kerr was taken to the James Paget Hospital, but despite efforts to help him he died at the hospital days later on May 9. 

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The inquest into his death took place on Friday (September 15) at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich, and was attended by his grandparents, Graeme and Wendy Kerr. 

A family statement was read out in court and paid tribute to Mr Kerr. 

It said: “Liam sustained a brain injury as a three-month-old baby, caused by his father who was sent to prison for GBH. 

“Liam suffered a subdural hematoma fractured skull causing infrequent seizures and developmental delay. 

“Liam was a perfectly healthy teenager, apart from his pre-sustained conditions. 

“He was well loved, happy, determined, confident, and a popular young man who was just gaining his independence. 

“He enjoyed his life and his course at college, with ambitions of becoming a chef.” 

The inquest was led by area coroner, Samantha Goward, who confirmed that Liam James Kerr was born on August 26, 2003.  

Giving a short narrative conclusion, she said: "Liam Kerr died as a result of the consequences of an epileptic seizure caused by a traumatic brain injury.” 

The medical cause of death was multiple organ failure following a status epilepticus – a type of seizure that occurs continuously or in quick succession with no time for recovery.