Egyptian stairs fall led to death of Burnley chip chop owner: inquest

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A DREAM holiday turned to tragedy when a popular chip shop owner from Rosegrove suffered a fatal fall in his hotel, an inquest has heard.

Mr Kenneth Hankinson and his wife, Julie, had been enjoying a holiday at the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh when he fell down a flight of marble steps at the Tropicana Grand Azure Hotel.

The 65-year-old suffered a severe head injury and never regained consciousness.

Mr Hankinson was a popular face in Rosegrove where he had run Birds chip shop for 15 years.

Originally from Manchester, Mr Hankinson was a keen Manchester United fan and Lowerhouse Cricket Club fan.

He had been enjoying the holiday to Egypt to celebrate his 65th birthday with wife, his son David and a friend.

The group had returned to their hotel after a meal when the tragedy happened on January 30th.

A statement made by Mrs Hankinson was read out at Burnley Coroner’s Court.

It said the couple were going back to their room up a flight of steps with a marble staircase but no handrail. Mr Hankinson had reached the top and turned to talk to somebody when he overbalanced and fell down the steps.

A post-mortem examination, carried out in Egypt, gave the cause of death as a brain haemorrhage leading to heart and respiratory failure.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mrs Hankinson said the tragedy was made worse as she had had to fly home without her husband’s body because of political unrest in Egypt at the time.

Her husband’s body had to be taken to the British Embassy in Cairo.