Satel­lite man’s tragic rooftop death plunge

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A TELLY fan plunged 30ft to his death af­ter try­ing to fix a satel­lite dish on his roof, an in­quest heard.

Stephen Smith, 46, was ir­ri­tated by the sound of a loose cable flap­ping about in strong winds and blur­ring his TV picture.

But a lad­der he had bor­rowed wasn’t long enough and had no grip on the slip­pery roof top.

He asked neigh­bour Ea­monn Rush, a for­mer roofer, to “foot the lad­der” and hold it steady while he did the job on Dec 9 last year, but the lad­der slipped.

Mr Smith, of Cleator Moor, West Cum­bria, fell 30ft onto a con­crete path sur­round­ing his house and suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

He suf­fered mul­ti­ple frac­tures and a heart at­tack and died on the way to hospi­tal.

Doc­tors said be­cause of his in­juries, a heart con­di­tion and di­a­betes, chances of sur­vival were very slim, the in­quest at West Allerdale Mag­is­trates’ Court in Work­ing­ton, Cum­bria, was told.

Ver­dict: Ac­ci­den­tal death.

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