A talented young London doctor killed himself after his Muslim mother asked him to “find a cure” for his homosexuality, an inquest heard today.
Dr Nazim Mahmood, who worked out of a GP practice in Harley Street, Central London, died after jumping off the balcony of his West Hampstead apartment on 30 July.
The 34-year-old had been with fiancé Matthew Ogston for 13 years.
An inquest into this death at St Pancras Coroners’ Court was told that Dr Mahmood had told his mother about his sexuality days before he killed himself.
Dr Mahmood’s partner of 13 years, Matthew Ogston, told the court that upon hearing about his sexuality Dr Mahmood’s mother reportedly told him to seek a “cure”.
“She had suggested to him he needed to see a psychiatrist to see if he could be cured. Together I think they agreed they would get through it”, Mr Ogston said.
“Telling someone they needed to be cured would not be the easiest thing to take”, he added.
The court was also told that Dr Mahmood taken the stimulant Mephedrone and the sedative Ketamine before committing suicide.
Coroner Mary Hassell said: “It seems incredible that a young man with so much going for him could have taken his own life. But what I’ve heard is that he had one great sadness, which was the difficulty his family had in accepting his sexuality.
“It seems desperately sad that in 2014 a person should feel that they can’t be accepted because of the way that they live and I can only feel the deepest sympathy for Nazim that he felt so sad and desperate about this that he took his life.”
Mr Ogston is planning to start a foundation in his partner’s name.