No-one witnessed woman's death plunge from third-floor room

Oxfordshire Coroner's Court

Oxfordshire Coroner's Court

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A WOMAN died after falling out of the window of her third-floor room after drinking vodka, just four days after she had moved to England to “start a new life.”

Marta Muczynska had come to England from her native Poland four days before she died from severe head injuries, on June 20, 2013.

The 20-year-old had previously lived in England and had returned to start a new life, said David Dyczek, another Polish resident in the shared home in West Street, Banbury.

Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard yesterday that Ms Muczynska had purchased a bottle of vodka on June 19, and invited other Polish residents to drink with her in the kitchen of the shared house that evening.

“She was drinking quite quick,” Mr Dyczek told the court. “She was quite drunk.”

Most of the other drinkers went to bed around 11pm. At 11.25pm, Ms Muczynska received a text message from Arkadiusz Zachariasz, a fellow Pole she had been seeing, asking to be let in.

Shortly before midnight, Ms Muczynska and Mr Zachariasz, who did not live at the house at the time, retired to her room.

At around 1.15am, Ms Muczynska fell to her death from her bedroom window, landing three floors below on the concrete courtyard at the rear of the building, deputy coroner Alison Thompson said. However, her fall was not witnessed by anyone.

Ms Muczynska did not drink often and her blood alcohol level at the time of death was three times the legal driving limit.

Home Office pathologist Dr Simon Poole said in a statement Ms Muczynska had suffered “a very severe brain injury” and that the cause of death was “blunt force trauma to the head”. She would have lost consciousness very quickly.

The deputy coroner said: “I am satisfied I have enough evidence on balance to record an accidental death.”

But she added she found her decision “difficult” because of the lack of direct evidence.

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11:31am Thu 4 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

Amongst the Polish people here I think it's relatively unusual to buy your vodka. They make their own-you can see good quality stills on line-from a cherry wine base. There are apparently a lot of cherries in Poland so it's a long standing tradition. It's quite nice; I thought superior to the slivovitz of the former Jugoslavia.
Amongst the Polish people here I think it's relatively unusual to buy your vodka. They make their own-you can see good quality stills on line-from a cherry wine base. There are apparently a lot of cherries in Poland so it's a long standing tradition. It's quite nice; I thought superior to the slivovitz of the former Jugoslavia. Heinz Kiosk
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