Superbike racer saw bride ‘flip out’ of Dubai hotel window while looking for wedding ring
A British motorcycling champion watched his new bride “flip out” of a hotel window in Dubai while searching for her wedding ring, an inquest has heard.
Abbie Elson, 27, fell to her death from their fourth-floor honeymoon suite at Jumeirah Creekside hotel in 2013.
Husband Sean Emmett, 50, rang his brother Jason after he saw Abbie fall out of the window.
The couple were married just days before her death. Abbie fell out of the window while looking for her lost wedding ring, Jason told Woking Coroner’s Court.
He added: “Sean said Abbie had fallen out of a window.
“He said she had lost her ring and had gone down to look for it and got all emotional about it.”
As Sean went to the hotel room door to look for the white gold ring, he “saw her flip out” the window, the hearing was told.
Jason continued, said: “He sounded shaken up and said the whole thing was awful.
“He had got a lot of blood on him from giving her CPR.”
Security guard Joseph Semanda, 28, was on patrol at the hotel when he saw a woman silently plunge from the fourth floor on February 19 2013 at about 2.10am.
When he looked up, Mr Semanda saw a man looking down from the balcony and a woman had landed in a garden and was “gasping for air”.
In a statement read at Woking Coroner’s Court, he said: “I saw a woman falling down from a window from one of the floors in the hotel.
“I ran toward the place where she had fallen. I saw a man looking down from a window.”
Ms Elson, 27, had recently married superbike racer Sean, then aged 42.
Mr Semanda said he was “not a big distance” away when he saw the woman falling but he could not say how far away he was.
Mr Emmett soon arrived at the scene and he seemed “confused” and was shouting in English, according to the security guard.
Mr Semanda said: “He was crying and shouting and saying that it was his wife. He tried to perform rescue breathing on her.”
The security guard also said: “At this time the husband came to the scene and kept shouting ‘my wife, my wife why did you do this’. He kept calling her by her name. He tried to perform rescue breathing on her.
“I was in shock because it is the first time I had seen someone fall. She was lying on her side horizontally.
“At first I could not look at her. She was lying with her legs folded and her legs up.”
Mr Semanda said he heard her “gasping for air” and then she stopped breathing.
Her nose and mouth were bleeding “but not heavily”.
An ambulance and police then came and Ms Elson was moved.
The court has heard allegations from Ms Elson’s family that she was a victim of physical abuse.
Post-mortem tests found she had suffered chest and head injuries after falling from a high place and she also had enough alcohol in her body to have been sufficient for a person to lack balance and lose consciousness, the court heard.
Mr Emmett was investigated by police in Dubai and the UK but neither inquiry led to charges relating to the death.
The pair had married in South Africa two weeks before Ms Elson’s death.
Dubai authorities confiscated Mr Emmett’s passport whilst they investigated his wife’s death but let him return home. In February 2016 he was told he would face no further action.
The inquest continues.
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