Anna Kerrigan, the sister of Paul Gascoigne and mom of Jay Kerrigan, arrives at Gateshead Coroner’s Courtroom this morning
Paul Gascoigne’s nephew overdosed on a cocktail of medication after battling psychological well being issues from the age of 12, an inquest heard at present.
Jay Kerrigan, also referred to as Jay Gascoigne, was aged simply 22 when he was discovered useless at his girlfriend’s flat in Gateshead, Tyne and Put on.
South Tyneside Coroner’s Courtroom heard how Mr Kerrigan, who had dependancy and psychological well being issues, overdosed on a cocktail of each unlawful and prescription drugs on April 30, 2016.
Mr Kerrigan’s mom Anna Kerrigan informed Coroner Terence Carney how he suffered from a listing of psychological well being issues all through his brief life.
Ms Kerrigan, who’s former England footballer Gascoigne’s sister, stated: ‘It’s actually troublesome to kind and pinpoint once I thought Jay had psychological well being points till he was admitted into hospital.
‘He was round 12 years outdated. He had anorexia, after which the fixed crying, melancholy and the OCD.
‘Whereas he was in hospital when he was first allowed off the bed to go to the bathroom on his personal he would take two steps then one step again.
Jay Kerrigan, pictured with sister Harley in Portugal in 2013, died in April 2016 aged 22
‘We thought it was odd however didn’t establish it as OCD. He received a psychiatrist because the melancholy was extra apparent than the OCD.
‘He was always tidying, dismantling issues and placing them so as. Every part in his bed room that he might dismantle he would.
‘He would shout at me to provide you with a tape measure to measure how far his dressing desk was from the wall.
‘He used to interrupt down and cry and curl up in a ball and didn’t need to do it however couldn’t cease doing it. It induced him large misery.’
She additionally defined how her son suffered from intrusive ideas and compulsions – and heard voices in his head.
Paul Gascoigne (centre) carries the coffin at Mr Kerrigan’s funeral in Gateshead in Might 2016
The courtroom heard how Mr Kerrigan was talking to Gateshead Evolve – a drug and alcohol service funded by the council.
Ms Kerrigan stated: ‘I used to be talking to Evolve who informed me that the issues have been psychological well being however psychological well being have been saying they might not assist him till he was clear.
‘I simply felt disheartened. I did all of Jay’s referrals and every part.’
Describing the ten days main as much as his demise, Ms Kerrigan added: ‘He gave the impression to be actually damaged. Each day he was going additional down.
‘He was depressed. He was speaking about feeling cracked and damaged.’
Mr Kerrigan, pictured along with his mom Anna, suffered from psychological well being and OCD points
Pathologist Dr Anthony Cross, from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, informed the courtroom how Mr Kerrigan had alcohol and varied medication in his system on the time of his demise.
He stated that he believed the reason for his demise was cardio-respiratory melancholy – along with his coronary heart shedding the power to pump blood across the physique after he fell right into a deep sleep because of the drug use.
Dr David Roberts, a GP at Mr Kerrigan’s native observe, informed the courtroom how he checked into the identical non-public dependancy clinic as Gascoigne.
He additionally defined how he had been admitted into hospital earlier than for overdosing – and had purchased prescribed drugs ‘on the road and web’.
Mr Kerrigan, pictured along with his stepfather Michael aged 13, died two-and-a-half years in the past
The physician, who had been Mr Kerrigan’s all of his life, stated: ‘He was booked into The Manor clinic, a personal clinic in Southampton.
‘My recollection is that he informed me his uncle had beforehand admitted into that clinic.
‘Kerrigan was a really advanced case and he was troubled for quite a lot of years. It is rather stated that he continued to deteriorate.’
The inquest continues.
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