Mum says son’s Dubai death could have been prevented

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THE MOTHER of a 27-year-old man who died when he fell from a bridge in Dubai says her son’s death could have been avoided if proper signs and barriers were in place.

Elliot Lintott, who was living in Dubai, died on March 19 after crossing a bridge under construction.

An inquest into his death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday) and coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard Mr Lintott had been to a concert and had been drinking when he had the fatal fall.

The Dubai authorities said they believed he had caught his trousers on a protruding metal bar and fallen eight metres, at around 2.42am on March 19.

A post mortem was carried out in Dubai and his body was then flown to England and a second autopsy was carried at Eastbourne DGH.

Pathologist Jane Mercer gave a cause of death as head injury.

Mr Craze said, “This was a pure and simple accident where darkness, taking a wrong turning and having taken a lot of drink were principle elements and I record a verdict of accidental death.”

After the inquest, in a statement Mr Lintott’s mother Fiona said, “The family accept the coroner’s verdict of accidental death.

“Nevertheless, this is a tragic accident that could easily have been avoided if proper signs and barriers had been erected.”

The family has now instructed an international law firm to look at matters in Dubai.