A couple who died in a hotel on the outskirts of Epping Forest died as a result of an accident a coroner has ruled

Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Newahun Foday

Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Newahun Foday

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A verdict of accidental death has been reached at the inquest of a couple who died in a luxury hotel.

Police were called to Down Hall Country House Hotel, just outside of Sawbridgeworth, in April last year to reports of two people being found dead in the pool.

Komba Kpakiwa, 31, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, were celebrating Miss Foday’s birthday at the luxury resort.

Post-mortem examinations found the couple, who could not swim, drowned.

Miss Foday was a nursing student from Plumstead, south-east London, and Mr Kpakiwa was a married father-of-two from Erith.

The inquest in Chelmsford heard how the couple had been seen playing in the water.

Neither of them could swim and there was no lifeguard.

Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray ruled the deaths as accidental.
 

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9:44am Fri 16 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

'The inquest in Chelmsford heard how the couple had been seen playing in the water'


The reports in the national newspapers stated that a witness 'thought they were playing in the water' when it has now been established that neither of them could swim and were frantically trying to keep afloat and calling for help as the shallow end without warning sloped into a very deep end in the pool.

The witness having seen them went back into the sauna.
'The inquest in Chelmsford heard how the couple had been seen playing in the water' The reports in the national newspapers stated that a witness 'thought they were playing in the water' when it has now been established that neither of them could swim and were frantically trying to keep afloat and calling for help as the shallow end without warning sloped into a very deep end in the pool. The witness having seen them went back into the sauna. Villagecranberry
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