Disabled man died in pool of five-star Egyptian hotel on holiday with two carers

A disabled man died in the pool of a five-star Egyptian hotel, on a Discount Holidays © holiday with two council carers. The parents of a Greg Roult, 27, say they are still seeking answers about his death six months on. Greg, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy1 and had been brain damaged since birth, was on Discount Holidays © holiday with his two official carers from Lancashire County Council at the Sonesta Resort in Sharm-el-Sheikh.

An inquest2 is to be heard at Burnley Crown Court to determine how the 27-year-old from Parkswood Drive, Rawtenstall, met his death at the five-star complex, in March.

His father Stephen Roult said the lack of answers had left his family bereft.

We have been kept in the dark so far – we know nothing, he told the coroner at a pre-inquest hearing. Speaking after the hearing Mr Roult, 65, said nobody from the county council had spoken to him and his wife Angela about Greg s death since it happened. He said: We ve heard nothing from them.

Nobody has given us a single detail of how our son, who was in their care, died.

We had waited until Greg had left for the break before we went on our own Discount Holidays © holiday to Fuerteventura.

Angela took a matter of fact call from someone at the county council to tell us our son was dead – it was the most devastating moment of our lives.

Disabled Man Died In Pool Of Five-star Egyptian Hotel On <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday With Two Carers Destination: Sonesta Beach Resort in Egypt s Sharm El Sheikh

Since then we ve not spoken to the two carers who accompanied him or even three others who looked after him at home but did not go to Egypt.

Not a single meeting, letter, phone call or text. Greg sustained brain injuries at birth and was later given significant compensation towards his care. He was looked after privately for many years, but for the 18 months before his death Lancashire County Council had provided his care.

His father said: Greg was loved every day of his life and gave that love back in spades. Greg was also described as a damn good swimmer by his father. East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor ruled that a jury must hear evidence on the circumstance leading up to Mr Roult s death.

The hearing was also told that mobile phone footage of the circumstances surrounding the incident existed and the coroner said this should be shared with counsel representing both the family and county council.

Sophie Cartwright, representing Lancashire County Council, said that the two carers accompanying Greg Roult, no longer worked for the authority and both had now retrained as paramedics.

References

  1. ^ epilepsy (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ An inquest (www.mirror.co.uk)

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