Mother says suicidal son Kamal Nour was 'ignored'

Kamal Nour Image copyright Norma Nour
Image caption Kamal Nour suffered from depression and had a history of heroin addiction

The mother of a man who died following a police stand off has told an inquest that his cries for help were ignored by mental health professionals.

Kamal Nour barricaded himself inside his flat in August 2014 and threatened to cut his throat if officers entered.

The 40-year-old from Costessey near Norwich was found hanged when they forced entry after 14 hours of negotiations.

His mother Norma Nour said their pleas for help were "never heard."

In a statement read to the court, she said she wrote to her son's doctor in the months before his death asking: "How ill does a person need to be before he receives help?"

'Suffered nightmares'

Mrs Nour said that as a young boy he suffered nightmares after he witnessed his father, who worked for Colonel Gaddafi's government in Libya, attempt to take his own life.

Her son suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, deep vein thrombosis, back problems and had a history of heroin addiction, the inquest in Norwich heard.

She told the jury that "he really believed that nobody cared" because they could not get him the help he needed.

Inspector Keith Philpott of Norfolk Police told the inquest that trained negotiators were brought in to deal with the incident.

He said attempts were made to contact Mrs Nour during the stand off but there was no response.

The inquest is expected to last for another five days.