Inquest hears popular Mercy barman had history of depression

PUBLISHED: 14:13 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 12 April 2018



Laurence Taylor

A young barman and insurance worker from Norwich who died last year had a history of depression, Norfolk Coroner’s Court heard today.

Grant Curtis, pictured right. Picture: COURTESY OF LAURENCE TAYLORGrant Curtis, pictured right. Picture: COURTESY OF LAURENCE TAYLOR

22-year-old Grant Curtis was described as an outwardly happy and outgoing person who inwardly struggled to cope.

Mr Curtis died on October 28, 2017 after consuming “reasonably large amounts” of two different pain-relief drugs as well as his regular medication at his home in Douro Place in Norwich.

His mother, who Mr Curtis lived with, checked on her son on the evening of October 27, and seeing him sleeping in his bedroom decided not to disturb him.

The next morning when his mother checked on him Mr Curtis was dead, which was confirmed by paramedics called to the scene.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake ruled the death to be drug related.

Mr Curtis left some notes which were not read out by the coroner, but it is unknown whether he wrote them before or after the medication, which due to the quantity would have altered his mental state.

Ms Blake said: “Mr Curtis was not in a state of mind to know what he really wanted.

“He was lacking clarity of mind to look past that time to when he might be feeling better, and the medication made that worse.

“My conclusion is that it was a drug related death because I’m not certain that he fully intended to end his life.”

The court heard that Grant Curtis told his mother he had been “struggling with things”, and was prescribed anti-depressants by the doctors.

However he began to feel worse two weeks later, as the medication takes several weeks to take effect.

A week before his death Mr Curtis said he was quite unhappy and had been for a long time.

Catherine Clark, doctor at West Pottergate Medical Practice said for safety Mr Curtis had been issued two weeks of medication at a time, and had been sign-posted to counselling services.

The surgery did not feel they could have prevented the death, as they saw him frequently.

Mr Curtis worked at insurance company Aviva and as a bartender at Mercy nightclub in Prince of Wales Road at weekends.

A gofundme website page set up shortly after his death to support his family with funeral costs raised £3,000.

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