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Coroner offers condolences to family of Afghan refugee who fell to his death from a hotel window

A CORONER has offered her condolences to the family of a five-year-old Afghan refugee who fell to his death from a hotel window this month, in what she said was a “truly awful time” for them.

An inquest was opened today and heard brief details of how Mohammed Munib Majeedi fell from a window of the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel on August 18 and landed on the top deck of a multi-storey car park.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until a further hearing on November 16. 

Witnesses said that the boy’s father had worked in the British embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul and that the family came to Britain a few weeks ago.

The family, including the parents, three boys and two girls, moved to the hotel in Sheffield in the week before the tragedy.

It was alleged last week that asylum-seekers were previously removed from the hotel because it was deemed unfit for refugees to stay in.

Labour MPs in the city demanded a full, urgent, independent inquiry after the claim was made.

The Refugee Council has also called for a review of the accommodation offered to those fleeing the Taliban following the tragedy.

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