THE BROTHER of a man who died while being treated for a mental health condition said he hopes an inquest will provide vital answers about his death.

Abdelslam Benelghazi, 37, who had a history of drug misuse and was dependent on methadone, was found lying on the floor in a pool of vomit at the acute admission wards at Juniper Ward in Weston-super-Mare on December 9.

Despite the efforts of staff and emergency services, he died.

An inquest is set to be held this month to investigate the sequence of the events surrounding Abdelslam’s death.

His brother Samir Benelghazi will be attending the inquest alongside his two children Dylan and Sophia and his family will be supported by specialist lawyers from Irwin Mitchell.

Fiona McGhie, the civil liberties expert from Irwin Mitchell who is acting for the family, said: “Samir remains utterly devastated by the loss of his brother, and coming to terms with what happened has been hampered by the many questions he still holds regarding Abdelslam’s death.

“We hope this inquest will shed some important light on the care and support that Abdelslam was receiving and give a clearer picture of what ultimately led to his death.

"We will be supporting Samir, Dylan and Sophia in any way we can at this very difficult time.”

Samir Benelghazi, 47, who was also the main carer of Abdelslam prior to his admission to the Juniper Ward, said: “It is still hard to believe my brother is gone and the entire family misses him so much.

“While nothing will change what has happened, we still do not feel like we have answers regarding just how he passed away.

“This hearing is so important in that regard and while it will be difficult reliving the events which occurred, we know it is important to tackle the many questions we have and are hopeful we will finally get some answers.”

The inquest is scheduled to take place at Avon Coroner’s Court on Monday (September 29.)