Coroner offers condolences to family of boy, 5, who died in hotel fall

Coroner offers ‘heartfelt condolences’ to Afghan refugee family after boy, five, fell 70 feet to his death from hotel window onto top of multi-storey car park

  • Mohammed Monib Majeedi plunged from his Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel room
  • He was staying with his family in the UK just weeks after fleeing from the Taliban
  • Assistant coroner Tanyka Rawden told an inquest today it was ‘a truly awful time’ 

A coroner has offered her ‘heartfelt condolences’ to the family of a five-year-old Afghan refugee who fell to his death from a hotel window onto the top of a multi-storey car park. 

Mohammed Monib Majeedi, who enjoyed playing cops and robbers, was looking from his ninth floor room when he plunged to his death at 2.30pm last Wednesday at the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel.

The boy had been staying with his mother Shekiba, father Omar Majeedi, two brothers and two sisters since arriving in the UK after fleeing the Taliban weeks ago.

The tragedy has sparked a huge backlash in recent days after it emerged that bosses at the hotel were warned about the safety of its windows two years ago. 

Assistant coroner Tanyka Rawden said in a five-minute inquest opening this morning that it had been a ‘truly awful time’ for the boy’s family.

Mohammed Munib Majeedi (pictured) fell from the window of the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel on August 18 after the boy’s family had ‘recently’ been moved from Afghanistan

She said: ‘He was staying with his family at the Metropolitan Hotel, on Blonk Street, in Sheffield.

‘On August 18 2021, emergency services were called to a car park adjacent to the hotel following reports of Mohammed having fallen from a window of the hotel on to the top storey of the car park.

‘He was taken by ambulance to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.’

Ms Rawden told Sheffield Coroner’s Court that Mohammed was identified by his father.

She said: ‘I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Mohammed’s family at this truly awful time.’

The coroner told the hearing that the boy was born in Afghanistan in May 2016.

She adjourned the inquest until a further hearing on November 16 and no further details of the incident were given.

Last week, Labour MPs from across the city echoed calls from refugee groups for an urgent investigation into the death, saying ‘lessons must be learned from this tragedy’. 

It recently came to light that bosses at the hotel were warned about the safety of its windows two years ago. 

The hotel was blasted in reviews over how far they opened at the high-rise block.

One even pointed out they were terrified of opening it amid fears their children would fall out. 

A senior Home Office official then said yesterday that civil servants will ‘feel guilt and responsibility’ forever over the death.   

It recently came to light that bosses at the hotel (pictured) were warned about the safety of its windows two years ago

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, Emma Haddad, director general of asylum and protection at the Home Office, said the boy’s family had ‘recently’ been moved from Afghanistan by her team.

‘We are all heartbroken. We have all been in tears,’ Dr Haddad said.

But she also criticised some of the media coverage and a ‘desire to score political points’, and defended her team’s work.

She wrote in the Telegraph: ‘Some of the media coverage of the death of the little boy has hurt my team a lot.

‘It is totally misleading to suggest that the Home Office does not take our responsibilities towards children in our care seriously.

‘And more than that – among the desire to score political points are dedicated civil servants who will feel guilt and responsibility for this tragic death forever.

‘Many of us are also parents. We are not faceless bureaucrats with no empathy – the emotions are overwhelming us.’

Witnesses told how Mohammed’s devastated mother cried ‘my son, my son’ as the boy fell to his death. 

Meanwhile, a family friend said he had gone with the parents to hospital but ‘could see Mohammed was dead’.

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