Mystery death of former Haverhill man

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Mystery surrounds the death of a former Haverhill man who was found in a road outside a hotel in the capital of Macedonia.

Thomas Bumpstead, 39, who grew up in the town, was rushed to hospital in the early hours of May 9 last year in Skopje but doctors were unable to revive him.

Today (Wednesday) an inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard how Mr Bumpstead, who worked in the accounts department of Express Newspapers in London, had checked into the VIP Hotel in Skopje the day before his death.

Shortly before 1am a taxi driver had found Mr Bumpstead in the street below the window of his third floor bedroom.

Staff at the hotel call for an ambulance and Mr Bumpstead was taken to the central clinic but he could not be saved.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said reports provided by the office of the public prosecutor in Macedonia told how police had gone to Mr Bumstead’s room and found it locked from the inside.

Once inside the room, officers found it neat with personal possessions including details of bookings for future trips and concerts. The window was open.

A receptionist told police that since Mr Bumpstead had checked-in, he had heard no noises coming from the room. The public prosecutor concluded that no offences had been committed, said Dr Dean.

A post mortem conducted in Macedonia concluded that Mr Bumpstead died as a result of traumatic shock after sustained severe injuries.

Dr Dean said a second post mortem performed at the West Suffolk Hospital showed the cause of death to be head injury.

Details about Mr Bumpstead’s background provided by his family showed him to have been born and raised in Haverhill and who had most recently been living in Mount Pleasant Road in Tottenham.

Mr Bumpstead was described by his family as a seasoned traveller who enjoyed visiting less well know destinations.

Recording an open verdict, Dr Dean said: “What we don’t have is a clear understanding of exactly how the fall from the window in Macedonia occurred. We know that there is not believed to be any other person involved.”