Pensioner’s death was a ‘tragedy on family day’

A RETIRED seamstress died after suffering a fall during a visit to her sister’s Scarborough home, an inquest heard.

Mary Roberts, 79, passed away on New Year’s Day after falling in a bathroom at an address in Fieldstead Crescent.

An inquest at Scarborough County Court heard Mrs Roberts, from Flintshire, had enjoyed the New Year festivities with sister Joan and husband John.

Mr Roberts said: “We came up for the New Year and had enjoyed a few glasses of wine.

“They went off to bed and I followed them about half an hour later.

“During the night Joan heard a noise in the bathroom and heard a bump. She went in and found Mary.”

Mr Roberts said he then got up and tended to his wife who had suffered a small cut above her left eye as a result of the fall.

He added: “I put her back in bed and some time later she got up and sat at the end of the bed.

“She tended to do that because her legs tended to hurt with her arthritis.

“She then laid her head across my body, I thought she had fallen asleep.”

Mr Roberts said his wife then vomited but said she was breathing normally.

However, he said he began to worry about her welfare when her breathing became more shallow and she had a weaker pulse and he kept a regular check on her before paramedics arrived.

Deputy coroner John Broadbridge said: “On the balance of probabilities she has had a fall.

“Exactly what triggered off the fall is difficult to say.

“Having struck her head and died from the effects caused by the fall, the only conclusion I can come to is accidental death.

“A happy family occasion turned to tragedy.”