Leeds & West Yorkshire

Roof garden fall death came after England World Cup win

A woman suffered critical injuries when she fell from a roof garden in Singapore after celebrating an England World Cup win, her sisters said.

Sarah Royle, 31, of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, fell five storeys after the 1-0 win over Slovenia in June 2010.

Ms Royle suffered serious head injuries, brain damage and broken legs and her sisters agreed to turn off her life support machine three days later.

Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded an open verdict at an inquest in Halifax.

'Did get closure'

Doctors at Tan Tock Seng hospital switched off her life support with the consent of Ms Royle's sisters Johanna, 36, and Premsa, 34, who had flown in to be at her bedside.

After the verdict, which the coroner said he recorded as open because of "insufficient evidence", the sisters, also of Todmorden, said they were happy with the investigation in Singapore in November last year that found Sarah's death to be accidental.

Johanna said: "It was very emotional and hard but we did get closure and before that I didn't really know what that meant."

Sarah Royle had watched the football match with a friend and two men they had just met, according to her sisters who heard about her final hours at an inquest held in Singapore.

After leaving the club, the friend and Ms Royle went to one of the men's apartment blocks alone.

The pair were drinking by the swimming pool when the man went to get more alcohol and a mixer drink.

Back entrance

At this point the pair lost each other.

Her sisters said Ms Royle had gone to find the man's apartment but had accidentally entered the wrong flat.

After the apartment's resident found her, Ms Royle panicked and left through the back entrance which led on to a roof garden.

As she tried to negotiate her way back into the block she fell, they said.

Premsa said: "The hearing in Singapore was quite in depth and we felt we got a lot of answers."

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