Leeds teenager in flats plunge tragedy

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A young woman fell to her death from her partner’s flat after a night out, a Leeds inquest heard.

Samantha Joanne Pape suffered depression, coroner David Hinchliff said.

The 19-year-old hotel receptionist, of Holt Farm Close in Holt Park, went out in Leeds on the night of October 14.

Reading from a statement, Mr Hinchliff said: “Miss Pape spent the evening socialising with her partner. They took a taxi to McDonalds before being dropped off at a pub.

“They had drinks there before taking a taxi to his address, which is a high rise block of flats.”

Mr Hinchliff said while at the flat, on the seventh floor of Norman Towers, off Spen Lane in West Park, they had more drinks and chatted.

He added: “Her partner left the room for a short while and when he returned Miss Pape was nowhere to be seen, but the balcony door was open.”

He went to the balcony and saw her on the ground below.

“It’s not clear whether she has jumped or fallen,” Mr Hinchliff said.

Paramedics were called, but her death was confirmed at about 5.15am on October 15.

A post-mortem revealed she died of multiple injuries.

Miss Pape was being treated for depression before her death. She had previously been prescribed anti-depressants and was receiving weekly counselling sessions.

Mr Hinchliff said the circumstances of her death were now the subject of a full West Yorkshire Police inquiry.

He adjourned the inquest pending the conclusion of the investigation.

A funeral for Miss Pape will be held at 2.20pm at Lawnswood Crematorium on Wednesday, October 26. The family will accept donations for Martin House children’s hospice.

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