Court hears events that led to his death

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

ThE death of a 21-year-old stu­dent from Mac­cles­field was a tragic ac­ci­dent, a court has ruled.

James Webb had been en­joy­ing a night out with friends when he fell into the wa­ter at a ma­rina in Ply­mouth, where he was study­ing.

An in­quest heard the tragic se­ries of events that led to his death in Jan­uary.

James, whose fam­ily live on Lin­drick Close in Tyther­ing­ton, had ear­lier been es­corted from a Stu­dent Union bar be­cause of his drunken state.

A course mate also tried to take James home af­ter spot­ting him out­side a night­club, but lost sight of him.

CCTV footage showed James squeez­ing through a se­cu­rity gate near Sut­ton har­bour and walk­ing along a wall near the wa­ter prior to his death. Po­lice later dis­cov­ered an in­dent in the soil and bro­ken plants in­dica­tive of where James had lost his foot­ing.

A de­tec­tive told the hear­ing CCTV cam­eras caught sud­den rip­ples in the wa­ter be­lieved to have been caused by James fall­ing in. As­sis­tant Coro­ner Philip Spin­ney recorded a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death.

Af­ter the hear­ing, his mum Marie Fearns said the fam­ily had ex­pe­ri­enced ‘unimag­in­able grief’ fol­low­ing the death of the for­mer All hal­lows Catholic Col­lege and St Gre­gory’s Pri­mary pupil. ●»

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