Man, 28, whose benefits were stopped found ‘mummified’ in bedroom cupboard

A bailiff found the body of a man he was checking in on decomposing in his bedroom cupboard, an inquest heard.

Roy Curtis, 28, who changed his name from Ayman Habayeb, had been under the care of Milton Keynes Council's social services for six years as a vulnerable adult, the MK Citizen reports.

The coroner heard how Roy's body was found "mummified" after laying in his flat for nine months, the Mirror Online reports.

On inspection police found a 40-page long suicide note he had penned beside a pile of letters from DWP, on which he had scrawled in red ink, "distressed" comments.

"Polite and well-mannered" Roy from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, felt his world would crumble around him after finding out he would be cut off from government benefits because he refused to attend a fit-to-work assessment in September 2018.

Mental health doctors, however, managed to get the 28-year-old's benefits restored, a coroner was told.

But Roy felt under even more pressure when was told by DWP that he would need still to attend a fit-to-work assessment.

Roy's GP gave him a note stating the conditions of his anxiety which would prevent him from having to go into the city centre for his appointment, the inquest heard.

Nine months later, on August 21 last year, his landlords broke into his flat with a High Court bailiff on to evict him because £2,767 was owed in rent.

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Ian Wright, the bailiff who first found Roy's body, said: "It was clear and obvious that the male was deceased and I stood and looked at the male for a few seconds before turning around and walking straight out of the address.

"The male had clearly been deceased for some time and it appeared that he had died from suicide."

However, as the inquest has not yet concluded, a suicide has not been recorded by the coroner.

Police officers were called and a post mortem examination described the body as being in a state of "advanced mummification" with no blood available for a toxicological examination.

Detective Constable Lucy Jareth said: "In a folder under the table in the lounge was a number of letters which had red handwriting across them.

"The words across the letters were as if the author was distressed about the situation that the benefits and allowances had been stopped."

The inquest continues.

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