Inquest into man’s hotel fall death

adam atkinson
adam atkinson

YOUNG Castleford holidaymaker Adam Atkinson, who fell to his death at a Majorcan hotel, had been drinking at a bar which offered an all-you-can-drink deal for ten euros, an inquest heard.

The 20-year-old fell from the third floor after returning to the three-star Hotel Martinique, following a two-hour drinking session at Joker’s pub in Magaluf, in the early hours of April 17.

An inquest at Wakefield Coroner’s Court last Wednesday heard how the former Castleford Academy pupil had climbed over railings onto a small ledge of a staircase before losing his grip and falling on the marble floor below.

Adam’s friend Gareth Yearsley told the court he was climbing the stairs to their rooms on the third floor while Adam had gone up in a lift.

Mr Yearsley said: “I head a bit of a bang and saw something fly past us on the stairwell.

“I didn’t know what it was. I looked over and I saw Adam lying on the floor at the bottom.

“He was laid on his back. He just looked like he was lying in bed asleep.

Adam – who celebrated his birthday six days before flying out to Magaluf – died from traumatic head injuries in San Espases Hospital, Palma. Deputy coroner Melanie Williamson recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Yearsley added: “We had all drunk quite a lot. We had been to Joker’s where you drink all you can in two hours.

“But we went back quite early because we were tired and it was our first night.”

Det Cons Paul Davis said: “Everything that we have gathered points to the fact it was a tragic accident.

“They had been out drinking and came back to the hotel. Adam, for no reason, had climbed on to the ledge, slipped and fallen. There are no suspicious circumstances.”

After the hearing, Adam’s dad Alan Atkinson said: “I texted him just after he got there and said ‘be careful.’ As far as I know he never got that text.

“He was fantastic and fun going, he loved his mates and worked as hard he could to earn enough to go and spend time with them.

“What happened just sounds like him, he always had a party piece or trick.

“He wasn’t a big drinker, but he thought he could drink more than he could. Accidents like this won’t stop people going out there to drink as much as they can, it’s what they do.

“I have done it myself and I walked away from it as thousands of youngsters do every year.”