Erith man Komba Kpakiwa drowned at Down Hall Country House Hotel

PUBLISHED: 16:14 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:14 30 April 2013

Police at the gate to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex

Police at the gate to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex

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A man and a woman who drowned in a swimming pool at a country Essex hotel have been named as Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith and Josephine Newahun Foday, from Greenwich.

Both were found dead in the 10 metre pool by a member of staff at Down Hall Country House Hotel, with the cause of death later given as drowning.

They were staying at the hotel together but it is not known if they were a couple.

Chris Falcus, manager of Down Hall Hotel, said: “We wish to reiterate our condolences to the friends and families of the lady and gentleman concerned.

“Both myself and the team at the hotel are deeply upset by what has happened.

“The results of the post-mortem examination have concluded that the deaths of the two people were consistent with drowning, which puts an end to inappropriate speculation about our facilities.”

Did you know Mr Kpakiwa? Call the news desk on 0208 477 3757 or email

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