A ‘beautiful angel’ died when part of a water tank fell six storeys from a shopping centre during storm Doris, an inquest has heard.
Tahnie Martin, 29, was killed instantly when she was hit outside a branch of Starbucks at the Mander Centre, Wolverhampton, in February 2017.
The shopping centre has now been told they face prosecution over Tahnie’s death after the wooden tank cover that landed on her was found to show ‘signs of decay and neglect’.
Tahnie Lee Martin was killed by debris falling six storeys (Picture: NTI)
She was hit by the tank’s wooden cover which was described as showing ‘signs of decay and neglect’ (Picture: Caters)The city council has accused the company of health and safety breaches relating to the upkeep of the building.
Following Tahnie’s death, her family said: ‘Our beloved Tahnie was cruelly taken away from us just weeks ago. Nothing will ever fill the massive hole her departure has left.
‘It’s been a desperate period for us, and at this time it is impossible for us to imagine a future with any happiness without her.
‘We have met a number of people who were present on the day when Tahnie tragically died, and we would like to extend our special thanks to those who tried to help her.
‘This includes the police, fire service and medical teams, staff from the local Starbucks and Marks & Spencer stores and the local hot dog retailer.
Firefighters on the roof of the shopping centre shortly after Tahnie was killed (Picture: SWNS)
The shopping centre has now been told they face prosecution over Tahnie’s death (Picture: NTI)
The city council has accused the company of health and safety breaches relating to the upkeep of the building (Picture: NTI)‘We have received great support from our police Family Liaison Officer who has been there for us throughout.
‘We would like to thank the many people who have contacted us during this difficult period, especially Tahnie ‘s close family, friends and colleagues from the university.
‘There have been so many people who have touched us with their numerous messages of sympathy and support, tributes and flowers.
‘We take great comfort from knowing that Tahnie was loved by many.’
The bosses of the shopping centre will appear in court on April 4.