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Widow of drowned Erith man too distraught to comment

PUBLISHED: 13:45 07 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 07 May 2013

Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, where Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Newahun Foday died. Pic by Stefan Rousseau

Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, where Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Newahun Foday died. Pic by Stefan Rousseau

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The wife of an Erith man who drowned in a hotel swimming pool is too distraught to make a comment.

Komba Kpikwa, 31, died at Down Hall Country House Hotel on April 27 along with 22-year-old Josephone Newahun Foday, 22, from Greenwich.

They were staying at the Hatfield Heath hotel together and Mr Kpikwa was treating Miss Foday to a surprise birthday treat.

The father-of-two, who originates from Sierra Leone, married his wife Gurpreet on November 25, 2008.

It is understood he worked at a branch of the Co-Operative supermarket, which is where he met Miss Foday earlier this year.

Both were found face down in the 10-metre pool by a member of staff at the hotel and were pronounced dead at the scene despite their best efforts.

The post-mortem revealed the cause of death as drowning and an inquest has been opened and adjourned by Eleanor McGann, the deputy coroner for Essex.

Did you know Mr Kpakiwa? Call the news desk on 0208 477 3757 or email kate.nelson@archant.co.uk.

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