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British tourist, 20, plunged 50ft to his death after a night out in Magaluf

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Nov. 07, 2019

A British tourist died after stumbling over a low wall and plunging 50ft at an apartment complex in Magaluf, an inquest heard.
Tom Hughes, 20, was discovered in the courtyard garden at the Eden Roc building following a night out at the resort on the island of Majorca.
An inquest into his death heard he had met up with a group of friends from back home in North Wales for drinks on June 2 last year.
One pal, Joshua Roberts, said he couldn’t recall how much Mr Hughes had to drink as they didn’t stick together throughout the night.
He told the inquest in Wrexham he wasn’t sure where his friend was by the time he returned to their apartment shortly before 5am.
After repeated failed attempts to call Mr Hughes, a police officer picked up, summoned him to meet and ‘came straight out and said Tom was dead…it was quite brutal’.
Coroner John Gittins said Spanish police said they were made aware a body had been found at Eden Roc at 11am and that it appeared the victim had fallen into the interior courtyard.
In the Spanish investigator’s opinion Mr Hughes was ‘disorientated’ because of his ‘state of drunkenness’ when accessing the Eden Roc, the inquest heard.
Reaching a conclusion of accidental death, Mr Gittins said Mr Hughes died from a head injury due to a fall.
The coroner said: ‘It is clear that one very significant feature in relation to the death of Mr Hughes was the state and condition of the premises which he gained access to that night.
‘It is also very clear, notwithstanding consumption of alcohol, it is most relevant that the wall in question was the determining factor in this particular inquest and the reason for this young man’s death.’
Mr Hughes’s mother Sharon said her son was a ‘kind, caring person who lived life to the full’ and was ‘much loved’ by all who knew him.
The inquest heard the facilities supervisor and former lifeguard at Freedom Leisure in his hometown had been ‘planning for the future’ with his girlfriend of two-and-a-half years.
Mr Hughes was the third Brit to die at the complex in the space of a year.
Weeks after his death the body of another young Briton, 18-year-old Thomas Channon, from Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, was found in a similar area.
Mr Channon’s inquest in June heard he fell from the wall on a walkway down to the car park of the Eden Roc which had a 50ft ‘sheer drop’ which would not have been clear to him or any other first-time visitors.
Both men were staying at nearby hotels and had been enjoying a night out before their deaths.
A third Briton, Natalie Cormack, 19, from West Kilbridge, Ayrshire, also died at the Eden Roc complex in April 2018 while trying to climb from one balcony to the other.
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