West Hampstead doctor jumped from balcony after telling Muslim mother he was gay

PUBLISHED: 16:47 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:53 04 December 2014

Flowers laid at the spot where Dr Mahmood fell. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Flowers laid at the spot where Dr Mahmood fell. Picture: Polly Hancock.


A Harley Street doctor who died following a fall from the top floor of a West Hampstead apartment block took his own life after revealing he was gay to his Muslim mother, an inquest heard.

Dr Nazim Mahmood, co-founder of beauty treatment company Face Clinic, was found lying naked on the pavement outside Barclays bank in West End Lane on July 30.

The 34-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene having fallen from the balcony of the top floor apartment he shared with fiancée Matthew Ogston in Fawley Street, off West End Lane.

During an inquest into Dr Mahmood’s death at St Pancras Coroners’ Court today, it was revealed Dr Mahmood had told his mother he was gay and was in a 13-year relationship with Mr Ogston just days before his death.

The court heard Dr Mahmood had kept his sexuality secret from his Muslim family in Birmingham fearing they would refuse to accept it on religious and cultural grounds.

But having returned to the family home for the Muslim festival of Eid shortly before his death, Dr Mahmood revealed his sexuality after his mother asked him if he was gay, the court heard.

Mr Ogston told the court: “She had suggested to him he needed to see a psychiatrist to see if he could be cured. Together I think they agreed they would get through it.

“Telling someone they needed to be cured would not be the easiest thing to take.”

Mr Ogston wept in court as he told of his love for Dr Mahmood, describing him as his “soulmate”, and insisted his fiancée had given no indication of any intention to kill himself.

Mr Ogston added: “He always wanted to help other people, always put other people first and wanted to care for people. He was quite simply the most amazing man I’ll ever meet in my whole life.”

The court heard Dr Mahmood, who ran Botox clinics at Health Town in West End Lane, had never suffered from depression or any other mental illness and had taken drugs mephedrone and ketamine shortly before his death.

Coroner Mary Hassell ruled that Dr Mahmood took his own life.

She said: “It seems incredible that a young man with so much going for him could have taken his own life. But what I’ve heard is that he had one great sadness which was the difficulty his family had in accepting his sexuality.

“It seems desperately sad that in 2014 a person should feel that they can’t be accepted because of the way that they live and I can only feel the deepest sympathy for Nazim that he felt so sad and desperate about this that he took his life.”

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