A preferred college workers member and mum-of-three who had been “out celebrating the top of time period” fell down the steps at house and died, an inquest has heard.
Suzanne Curtis, who labored as a welfare officer at St Joseph’s Catholic Faculty and Sixth Kind Centre, died at her house in Baglan Highway, Port Talbot, on July 20, 2019.
An inquest into her demise, held in Swansea on Wednesday, heard the 37-year-old had been out marking the top of the tutorial yr.
Assistant coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Aled Gruffydd stated she had “consumed extreme alcohol whereas out in Swansea however made it house safely”.
Her teenage son, who was residing at house with Miss Curtis, had tried to return by the entrance door of the home however there have been keys on the opposite facet of the door stopping him from getting in.
The inquest heard his accomplice was inside the home babysitting and got here downstairs to let him in.
Mr Gruffydd stated: “They noticed Suzanne’s sneakers and purse within the corridor so knew she was house.
“Once they seemed for her they noticed her on the backside of the steps which led to the kitchen on the basement degree of the home.”
A toxicology report discovered Miss Curtis had an “extreme” quantity of alcohol in her blood whereas a autopsy examination report listed her reason for demise as respiratory melancholy and positional asphyxia (a type of asphyxia which happens when an individual’s place prevents them from respiration adequately).
Recording a conclusion of unintended demise, Mr Gruffydd stated: “That was brought on by a fall and a traumatic head damage following alcohol intoxication.”
Her household, together with her father Tony Curtis, beforehand paid tribute to the mum-of-three who they known as “one in every of a form”.
Mr Curtis beforehand stated: “She was sort, caring, and had a bit little bit of a wild facet.
“She at all times considered different individuals and couldn’t do sufficient for others. She was actually, actually family-orientated and her kids at all times got here first.
“She was the life and soul. I’ll at all times bear in mind her for being my daughter. We had so many glad reminiscences proper by childhood the place we’d all exit on massive household get-togethers. For me, I simply favored coming down from Leeds and sitting and speaking to her. It was at all times so good.
“She is going to at all times be remembered for her fun-loving nature and kindness – she undoubtedly had a depraved facet and a terrific sense of humour.
“She is going to simply be remembered for being Suzie – she was undoubtedly one in every of a form and she or he touched so many individuals in a beautiful manner.
“She cherished to assist the youngsters and she or he was very well-respected not simply as an worker however as an individual. She simply had this fashion with kids – all of them appeared to hearken to her. A few of them had issues at house and she or he had a knack of calming them down. She will probably be missed not simply by the workers however by the pupils too.”
The top trainer on the complete college the place Miss Curtis labored in Aberavon additionally paid tribute to her on behalf of the varsity after her demise.
Eugene Scourfield stated: “Suzanne will probably be significantly missed by her household and pals and by all of our college group. Her colleagues will miss her and our pupils will miss her too, particularly these with whom she had common and direct contact.”