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School worker and mum-of-three dies falling down stairs on end-of-term night out

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A school worker who had been out “celebrating the end of term” fell down the stairs at home and died, an inquest has heard.

Mum-of-three Suzanne Curtis, 37, had been out marking the end of the academic year in Swansea.

At an inquest into her death, held in Swansea, assistant coroner Aled Gruffydd said she had “consumed excessive alcohol while out but made it home safely”.

Suzanne, who worked as a welfare officer at St Joseph’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, died at her home in Baglan Road, Port Talbot, on July 20, 2019, Wales Online reports.

Her teenage son, who was living at home with Miss Curtis, had tried to come through the front door of the house but there were keys on the other side of the door preventing him from getting in.



Mum-of-three Suzanne Curtis, 37, been out marking the end of the academic year

The inquest heard his partner was inside the house babysitting and came downstairs to let him in.

Mr Gruffydd said: “They saw Suzanne’s shoes and handbag in the hall so knew she was home.

“When they looked for her they saw her at the bottom of the stairs which led to the kitchen on the basement level of the house.”

A toxicology report found Miss Curtis had an “excessive” amount of alcohol in her blood while a post-mortem examination report listed her cause of death as respiratory depression and positional asphyxia (a form of asphyxia which occurs when a person’s position prevents them from breathing adequately).

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Mr Gruffydd said: “That was caused by a fall and a traumatic head injury following alcohol intoxication.”

Her family, including her father Tony Curtis, previously paid tribute to the mum-of-three who they called “one of a kind”.



he floral tribute that was left at the school in memory of Miss Curtis

Mr Curtis previously said: “She was kind, caring, and had a little bit of a wild side.

“She always thought of other people and could not do enough for others. She was really, really family-orientated and her children always came first.

“She was the life and soul. I’ll always remember her for being my daughter. We had so many happy memories right through childhood where we’d all go out on big family get-togethers. For me, I just liked coming down from Leeds and sitting and talking to her. It was always so nice.

“She will always be remembered for her fun-loving nature and kindness – she definitely had a wicked side and a great sense of humour.

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“She will just be remembered for being Suzie – she was definitely one of a kind and she touched so many people in a lovely way.

“She loved to help the kids and she was very well-respected not just as an employee but as a person. She just had this way with children – they all seemed to listen to her. Some of them had problems at home and she had a knack of calming them down. She will be missed not just by the staff but by the pupils too.”

The head teacher at the comprehensive school where Miss Curtis worked in Aberavon also paid tribute to her on behalf of the school after her death.

Eugene Scourfield said: “Suzanne will be greatly missed by her family and friends and by all of our school community. Her colleagues will miss her and our pupils will miss her too, especially those with whom she had regular and direct contact.”



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