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(Daily Mail) PICTURED: Terrified woman is held by her HAIR from an 11th-floor window as she desperately tries to scramble inside

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 26 February 2019

PICTURED: Terrified woman is held by her HAIR from an 11th-floor window as she desperately tries to scramble inside, seconds before plunging 100ft to her death and neighbours chase and catch suspect as he tries to flee

  • Alem Shimeni, 30, plunged 100ft from a tower block in Royalston, Glasgow
  • A picture taken from an adjacent block appears to show her dangling by her hair  
  • She died instantly and was taken to the Royal Infirmary on Monday evening
  • Police are treating the death as suspicious but no arrests have been made 

By ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE

25 February 2019 

A 30-year-old woman has fallen to her death from a 100ft tower block after appearing to dangle from her hair as she scrambled on a window ledge.  

Police Scotland said Alem Shimeni's death was being treated as suspicious after she plunged from an 11th storey window in Royston, Glasgow at around 5pm on Monday.

The photographer described the Eritrean woman's blood-curdling shrieks as she scratched at the rough facade of the block with her hands and feet.

He said he rushed down to see a man fleeing from the scene, as a group apprehended him. 

Alem Shimeni's blood curdling shrieks were heard by a man in an adjacent block who took this picture of her dangling from the tower in the Royston area of Glasgow on Monday evening

Alem Shimeni's blood curdling shrieks were heard by a man in an adjacent block who took this picture of her dangling from the tower in the Royston area of Glasgow on Monday evening

A square of blue tarpaulin was laid out on a patch of turf by police investigators at the bottom of the block where her lifeless body was seen to rest after the fatal drop
A square of blue tarpaulin was laid out on a patch of turf by police investigators at the bottom of the block where her lifeless body was seen to rest after the fatal drop

The witness who photographed her told the Daily Record: 'I could hear hysterical screaming and I went to the window and I saw the woman being held by the hair.

'She didn't fall right away, because she was trying desperately to hold on to the window sill and she was scratching at the wall with her feet, trying to get a hold to keep herself from falling.' 

The man said it was horrific to watch and that when she smashed onto the patch of turf below her body was immediately lifeless.

He said a group of them ran after an 'African guy' who darted from the building shortly after the fall.

The witness had rushed downstairs while calling 999 and then seen the man come out as a concierge grabbed him.

He stated that the man broke away before he got hold him again and a group held him there until the police arrived.

Nobody has been charged or arrested in relation to the incident. 

Shimeni fell from an 11th storey window at the block of flats - so far nobody has been arrested or charged in connection

Shimeni fell from an 11th storey window at the block of flats - so far nobody has been arrested or charged in connection

The horrific moment was captured by a man in an adjacent block who said Shimeni's body was immediately lifeless as she smashed onto a patch of turf below the tower

The horrific moment was captured by a man in an adjacent block who said Shimeni's body was immediately lifeless as she smashed onto a patch of turf below the tower

Detective Inspector Aileen Boyle from the Major Investigation Team said: 'Officers are continuing to gather every detail possible on Alem's death.

'This is a very busy area and I am sure that there are people who may have witnessed this incident who have not yet come forward to police.

'The details they hold could be vital to this investigation and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible.'

Additional police patrols have been put in place in the area and an incident caravan is at Charles Street.

Woman, 30, dies from 100ft fall 'after being held by her HAIR'

MP’s call over woman’s death

An MP has called for an overhaul of support services for immigrants, many of whom are housed in Glasgow’s tower blocks, after a woman fell 11 floors to her death.

Police are treating as suspicious the death in Royston on Monday of 30-year-old Alem Shimeni, who was from Eritrea and had been living in the Milton area.

Local Labour MP Paul Sweeney told the Daily Record: “I am continually shocked at the hostility and vindictiveness that the most vulnerable people in the world are treated with when they come to this country. The system is broken and leaves people even more vulnerable.”

The newspaper reported a witness as saying: “I could hear hysterical screaming and I went to the window and I saw the woman…





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