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Coroner rules open verdict after OAP dies in fall

Malvern Editorial 3rd Dec, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN INQUEST into the death of an elderly woman who fell from a fourth floor window has proved inconclusive.

Worcestershire Coroner Geraint Williams ruled the death of Freda Harrison, 85, was ‘open’ following a short hearing on Friday (December 28) due to a lack of evidence.

Doctors recorded the medical cause of death being shock, hemorrhage and multiple injuries.

The incident happened about 3.30pm on Tuesday, October 14, when Ms Harrison was found on the patio at Morgan Court on Worcester Road.

Emergency services attended but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Afterwards Peverel Retirement which manages the complex confirmed investigations into the incident were taking place.

But following Friday’s verdict a spokeswoman for the company clarified that Peverel was only responsible for the communal areas such as the stairwells and the lounge adding safety checks of the surrounding fixtures and fittings were carried out regularly.

She said Morgan Court was not a retirement home and was made up of independent, privately owned apartments adding it would therefore be inappropriate to comment on the fixtures within the rooms.

The spokeswoman said: “We were very sorry to hear of the death of Freda Harrison on October 14, and our sympathies go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.”

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