A couple who drowned at a luxury hotel were having an affair, it was claimed yesterday.
Komba Kpakiwa, 31, and Josephine Foday, 22, (pictured above) were found floating face down in the pool at the four-star Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Saturday.
Mr Kpakiwa, who was married with two young children, had taken Miss Foday, a nursing student who was not his wife, away for a surprise weekend break to celebrate her birthday on Friday.
They had gone out for the day, before returning to the hotel room they were sharing and then going down to the pool, the inquest at Chelmsford Coronerâ€™s Court heard yesterday.
A hotel guest saw the pair floating in the ten-metre indoor pool but presumed they were playing a game and went into the sauna, it was claimed last night.
When the guest returned to the pool he saw they were face down in the water and dialled 999. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are not treating the deaths as suspicious and preliminary post-mortem examinations found they had drowned.
What a shameful way to die!