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Nurse fell to her death down stairs after night of heavy drinking with husband

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Paula Jefferies was found dead at the foot of the stairs by husband Robert (Picture: Cavendish)

A husband discovered his wife’s body at the bottom of the stairs the morning after they drank heavily during a night in together.

Paula Jefferies, 55, is believed to have lost her footing and fallen down the stairs at their home in Newall Green Manchester.

Earlier that night they had drunk four bottles of wine, a bottle of Prosecco, beer and some port.

Husband Robert told an inquest: ‘I would say we were both drunk – it was regular for a weekend. It was about half past twelve she was in the kitchen texting, she said to me she would be up shortly so I left her to it but she never came upstairs.

‘I think I woke up at 6.40am and I went downstairs and she was just there at the bottom of the stairs.

‘That was the first time I saw her. Laid across horizontally at the bottom of the stairs, her head was at one end and her feet were at the other. There was some blood at the bottom of the stairs.

Paula Jefferies a former NHS nurse who fell to her death down a flight of stairs after she and her husband drank four bottles of wine, a bottle of Prosecco, beer and port between them during a night in together.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

The couple had been drinking heavily the night that she died (Picture: Cavendish)

Paula Jefferies a former NHS nurse (pictured with husband Robert) who fell to her death down a flight of stairs after she and her husband drank four bottles of wine, a bottle of Prosecco, beer and port between them during a night in together.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

Her death came just weeks after she retired as a nurse (Picture: Cavendish)

‘I phoned the emergency services straight away; the response came first then the ambulance service came.’

Paula suffered a significant head injury during the fall which happened weeks after she retired from a job as a lead nurse in Bolton after 37 years of service.

Coroner Nigel Meadows recorded a conclusion of accidental death saying: ‘All the evidence is consistent with her having a fall down the stairs, what she was doing you will never know.

‘People have falls in their home all the time, trip over their feet and slip, she could have lost her footing and because of the amount of alcohol in her system had some difficulties.

‘She tripped or in some other way lost her footing and that caused her to fall down the stairs. It is sometimes luck of the draw for people to fall down the stairs and pick themselves up – sadly it is the vagaries of life.’

Paula Jefferies a former NHS nurse (pictured with husband Robert) who fell to her death down a flight of stairs after she and her husband drank four bottles of wine, a bottle of Prosecco, beer and port between them during a night in together.Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx

A coroner gave a verdict of accidental death (Picture: Cavendish)

In 2009 Mrs Jefferies successfully sued an Indian restaurant after she stumbled in her high heels and broke her ankle as she lost her footing on a concrete ramp following her meal to celebrate her daughter’s 12th birthday.

She went on to develop a potentially life-threatening blood clot on her lung as a result of being left immobile.

She was subsequently awarded compensation running into tens of thousands of pounds after she blamed her fall on the concrete ramp at the restaurant’s entrance, saying it was dangerous because of its steeply sloping sides.

A judge ruled the slope was a ‘trap for the unwary’ because it failed to extend across the full width of the door and because its sides were ‘too steep’.



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