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Date set for inquest of teenager who tragically fell from Exeter statue

January 5, 2018 5:06 PM
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Date set for inquest of teenager who tragically fell from Exeter statue

According to his friends, Tom Callaway had been attempting to place a traffic cone on the statue on a night out with friends when he slipped and fell on the way down

A date has been set for an inquest into the death of Exeter teenager Tom Callaway who died after falling from a city centre statue.

The 18-year-old Primark employee fell 25ft General Buller Statue off New North Road on Saturday, June 8, succumbing to fatal head and neck injuries on the Sunday morning at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

Since then tributes have continued to be laid at the base of the 112-year-old statue.

An inquest into his death is to be held at Exeter’s County Hall on Wednesday, January 25.

According to his friends, he had been attempting to place a traffic cone on the statue on a night out with friends when he slipped and fell on the way down.

Last year friend Ozie Gilbert, 18, told DevonLive.com said: "We were walking into town from the Imperial towards the clubs. Tom was trying to get us to hurry up but for a laugh I attempted to climb the statue myself.

"Tom then followed what I was doing but actually went up onto the statue. The reason he was up there was because he wanted move the cone from the statue's head onto the horse's ear.

"He chucked down another cone to me and I was dancing around with it on my head.

"At that point Tom said he was coming down and purposefully jumped from the base. But as he did that he slipped backwards and hit his head on the ground below.

"I heard someone shouting and rushed over to him before calling the emergency services. I supported Tom's neck to keep it straight but I knew I couldn't move him.

"He had a pulse and was slightly responsive before the ambulance arrived so I thought he would be alright. But after a while that stopped and the paramedics started CPR."

The statue has long been a target for pranks involving traffic cones being placed on the head of Victoria Cross recipient, Redvers Buller.

Source: devonlive.com

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