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Tea lady plunges to her death through glass rooftop

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Tea lady plunges to her death through glass rooftop

A woman died after falling through a glass roof outside her top floor flat, an inquest has heard.

Welsh Assembly tea lady Jane Wedlake fell 18ft from a "communal" rooftop outside her one-bedroomed home in Cardiff city centre.

Detective Sergeant Matthew Powell said an area at the top of 91-92 St Mary's Street was regularly used by residents and could be accessed via a large window.

In the aftermath of the fatal fall, police believed the space had been used to dry clothing.

The inquest at Cardiff Coroner's Court heard that Ms Wedlake also kept flowers on her outside window sill - which was close to the smashed pane of glass which she fell through.

During the hearing, the 54-year-old's devastated partner Greg Capron asked Sergeant Powell whether there had been any signs warning people not to go on the rooftop.

He replied: "No, there was not any signs."

The inquest heard the tragic incident occurred on November 16 last year - and resulted in Ms Wedlake falling through the fourth floor atrium before landing in a hallway on the first floor.

She died 12 days later in the University Hospital of Wales.

Assistant coroner Graeme Hughes was told the property Ms Wedlake shared with Mr Capron was owned by Cardiff Community Housing Association. She had worked in the tea-rooms in the Welsh Assembly.

The hearing continues.