High Wycombe doctor's death is a 'mystery'
11:00am Saturday 27th March 2010
MYSTERY surrounds the death of respected surgeon and father Mohammed Saeed – whose body was found at the bottom of a car park stairwell with his clothes folded neatly at the top, an inquest heard.
His brother-in-law told the inquest he was “not happy with the assumption” that Dr Saeed had jumped and the coroner said it appeared the 51-year-old had “no reason to do such a thing”.
Dr Saeed was found in a pool of blood at the bottom of a stairwell at Sainsbury's car park, High Wycombe, on December 9, Wycombe Law Courts heard on Wednesday.
A pathologist found that he died from multiple injuries after hitting a hard surface, though there were no witnesses to the incident, or CCTV to show his movements in the car park or whether someone was with him.
Coroner Richard Hulett said: “I wouldn't be able to say he was pushed…he might have been.”
Dr Saeed entered the car park on Bellfield Road at 3.35pm and his body was found at about 6.30pm, after shopper saw a shoe lying on the first level of the car park, the inquest heard.
The shopper, James Laslau, told the inquest he walked over to the shoe before he looked over the stairwell railings and saw Dr Saeed lying on his back with blood around his head.
Mr Laslau called the emergency services and when police arrived they said they found Dr Saeed's belongings on the fifth level of the stairwell. His coat and suit jacket were found neatly folded over the bannister, directly above his body on the ground floor, the inquest heard.
Dr Saeed, who lived on Desborough Avenue with his family, had left no note or message with his belongings or in his car, the inquest heard.
His family said they were “disturbed” to find a petrol receipt in his wallet, which showed Dr Saeed had bought fuel in Barnsley just a few hours before he entered the car park.
Brother-in-law Shahid Sadiq said if Dr Saeed had reason to go to the Yorkshire town he “had not shared it with the family”.
Dr Saeed, described as a “walking, living medical dictionary”, could have been visiting a patient or travelled north for his PhD study, which was based in Manchester, the inquest heard.
Mr Sadiq said: “He was very passionate and caring about his work…we thought maybe he was visiting a patient.”
Neither of these reasons could be confirmed.
It was not thought Dr Saeed had any reason to want commit suicide, though a “therapeutic level” of the anti-depressant Venlafaxin was found in his body, the inquest heard.
Dr Saeed was also “under pressure” to make payments for a beauty parlour franchise, which he had set up for his wife, the inquest heard.
Summing up, Mr Hulett said: “It was bound to be a thought in some minds that he had deliberately thrown himself from a height. That however, is quite a difficult thing to understand in this context.
“What he was doing there and what he intended remains I'm afraid a mystery. I wouldn't be able to say he was pushed..he might have been. There's not a scrap of evidence to suggest how he came to fall.”
He recorded a short narrative verdict.
Dr Saeed had worked for Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust for a short time last year.
Maxine Forrest, a spokesman for the trust, said: “During this time he made many friends and was highly respected by both clinical and non-clinical colleagues. We feel very fortunate to have known him even for a short time and extend our deepest sympathies to his family.”