A “PARTY animal” aspiring actress may have been taking a selfie when she plunged 13 floors to her death from a luxury tower block, an inquest heard today.
Bethany Beales, 22, was at a friend’s home after a night out when she fell from the 19th floor of the Heron in Moorgate, central London.
SWNS:South West News Service Bethany Beales died after falling 13 floors to her death in central London
The actress was discovered “barely breathing” on a sixth-floor terrace with injuries “consistent with a fall from a height”.
A man and woman were initially arrested on suspicion of murder but cops couldn’t find any evidence they were involved in her tragic death last May.
An inquest heard how Bethany – known as Beth to friends and family – may have been taking a selfie when she fell from the balcony.’MAY HAVE BEEN TAKING SELFIE’
The hearing at City of London Coroner’s Court was told she was a recreational drug user and had been taking cocaine in the hours before her death.
Devastated pals described Beth, who graduated in English literature and performance from Roehampton University, as a “party animal”.
Det Chief inspector Edelle Michaels, the senior investigating officer, said the balcony was too high to fall over by accident but she may have used a chair to get up to the railing.
The officer added: “Her phone was found very near her, so she probably had it in her hand. Maybe she was going to take a photo and fell.”
Senior Coroner Alison Hewitt also ruled it was possible Beth was taking a picture at the time of her death.
‘BETH WAS BLANK’
Beth, who lived in Wimbledon, South West London, had been at a private members’ club in Soho before making her way to the apartment of a man known as Jessie who she had been seeing.
But she text her friend, Okechukwa Ngaha, between 11am and 11.30am, and asked to visit his luxury pad in Heron to talk, the inquest heard.
Mr Ngaha said: “She’s usually bubbly and lively, but she was blank. She dropped her bag down and we talked for about 12 to 15 minutes.
“She told us she decided to tell Jessie something she hadn’t told anyone. It was traumatising for her. His reaction was not what she expected.
“After about 15 minutes she said her mum had rang and she was going to make or take a call.
“She went out to the balcony and closed the door. The curtains were closed so we couldn’t see out.
“We thought she might have been calling Jessie so we just left her to it. After a while we went to check on her and she had disappeared.
“But there are two entrances to the balcony and my bedroom door was open. I thought she had gone in there, so we had a cigarette.”
‘SHE WAS OUR WORLD’
Both Mr Ngaha and his friend Carol Boulter, who was the only other person at the apartment, went to check on Beth but couldn’t find her and assumed she went home.
Ms Boulter later left the home and put Beth’s shoes and belongings with the concierge on her way out.
The pair were questioned by police but no evidence was found they were involved in Beth’s death.
Junior sales executive Beth had attempted to take her own life in 2015 over the breakdown of a relationship but told her mum Michelle Beales-Shaw she “immediately regretted it”, the hearing heard.
The mum said she last saw her daughter a month before her death and she seemed “very happy” and was looking forward to a holiday she booked in Ibiza.
She added: “Beth was kind, funny, loyal, intelligent, just a very beautiful person.
“She was our world.”
‘BETH WOULD’VE SAID GOODBYE’
But she said in a “final tribute” some of the people Beth was friends with led to her “not making the right decisions”.
Ms Beales-Shaw said: “I can only judge that by their actions in not talking to us or the police. I don’t believe they can give you a true opinion of my daughter.
“In my opinion, I don’t feel my daughter committed suicide. I believe if she was going commit suicide she would have said goodbye to me and she didn’t.”
A pathologist found Beth died from multiple injuries “consistent with a fall from a height” and toxicology showed cocaine in her blood consistent “after use of a typical recreational dose”.
Recording an open conclusion, Senior Coroner Alison Hewitt said: “I am satisfied there is no evidence of third party involvement.
“This was a high barrier, it doesn’t seem to me you could fall over it. From the evidence, Beth has put herself in the barrier by using a chair up against it.
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“It’s possible that was in order to climb over to deliberately fall. But it seems to me it’s also possible that she used to the chair to sit up on the barrier.
“This could have been down to lack of judgement after taking alcohol and drugs, she lifted up her phone to take a selfie possibly.
“It’s possible she was trying to take her own life but it is equally possible it was an accident so I can’t record suicide.”
The aspiring actress had been out partying the night she died
SWNS:South West News Service She was described as a ‘party animal’ by pals
A coroner ruled an open verdict