SUICIDE OF MAN IN ABATAN INQUIRY

A MAN who had been accused of killing father-of-two Jay Abatan hanged himself while suffering from depression.

Graham Curtis, 42, and another man had been charged with the manslaughter of Mr Abatan (pictured right) but there was insufficient evidence.

The allegations were dropped and both men were also cleared of assaulting Mr Abatan's brother, Michael.

The 42-year-old Eastbourne father, who lived in Meads, died after being punched in a taxi queue outside a Brighton nightclub.

The killer has not been caught.

A Brighton inquest heard how Mr Curtis, a computer worker in London, had a history of depression.

He also had difficulties coping after a relationship ended.

Mr Curtis had seen his GP five days before he died and said he was having problems with the split.

The doctor said in a report that his patient did not appear suicidal and prescribed Mr Curtis Prozac.

But on June 7, he

was found dead by his two sisters.

They had travelled from Southampton after becoming concerned for his welfare when they found they could not contact him.

Mr Curtis was found hanging from a rope from banisters on the top floor at his house in Brighton.

His sisters said in statements that their brother, despite having many friends, was prone to strong feelings of loneliness and depression.

They had been concerned about his mental health for several months.

The inquest heard Mr Curtis had once before tried to kill himself by hanging from a tree but could not go through with it.

Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley recorded a verdict of suicide.

Detective Chief Inspector John Levett said the suicide did not affect the continuing inquiry into Mr Abatan's death.

The first police investigation was heavily criticised after an inquiry by Essex Police.

A Police Complaints Authority inquiry is

continuing to investigate whether officers should be disciplined.

The family and Sussex Police are offering a 175,000 reward for

information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Mr Abatan's family has also launched a Justice for Jay campaign.