Man saw girlfriend plummet to death from Halifax tower block

Police at Range Lane, Boothtown.
Police at Range Lane, Boothtown.

A man watched his girlfriend fall to her death from the 11th floor of a Halifax tower block in a tragic accident, an inquest heard.

Sophie Freeman, 32, also known as Sophia Mawson, fell to her death from the flats on Range Lane, Boothtown, on May 1 last year at 1.25pm.

Following investigations, I can say that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Calderdale Coroner’s Court at Halifax Town Hall heard that Miss Freeman had been drinking around midday with her boyfriend Anthony Heywood and friend Michael Rhodes at the flat, where she was staying at the time, when the accident happened.

Mr Rhodes had left the flat when Mr Heywood heard a “quiet voice calling his name” from outside.

Having previously thought he was in the flat alone, Mr Heywood ran to the bedroom and saw Miss Freeman’s hands and head dangling from the window. He jumped over the bed and grabbed onto her arm with both hands and held onto her from the window before she slipped from his hold minutes later, the coroner heard.

One of the attending officers told the inquest how Mr Heywood described Miss Freeman looking up at him “with her beautiful green eyes when she fell. I watched her all the way down”.

Residents of the flats including Mr Rhodes and Julie Sutcliffe had witnessed her falling and had tried to help the pair before the accident but were too late.

Emergency services arrived at the scene moments later and spent 40 minutes trying to revive Miss Freeman.

Coroner Oliver Longstaff said: “We have heard the details concerning Sophie’s death. Following investigations, I can say that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

“Therefore, I am going to rule Sophie’s death as a tragic accident.”