Young holidaymaker fell over low wall and dropped to his death in Magaluf

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A holidaymaker fell over a low wall and plunged to his death at an apartment complex in Magaluf, an inquest has heard.

Tom Hughes, 20, was discovered in the courtyard garden at the Eden Roc building following a night out at the resort on the island of Majorca.

Tom Hughes, 20, was discovered in the courtyard garden at the Eden Roc building following a night out at the resort on the island of Majorca.

Tom Hughes, 20, was discovered in the courtyard garden at the Eden Roc building following a night out at the resort on the island of Majorca.

Weeks after Mr Hughes's death the body of another young Briton, 18-year-old Thomas Channon, from Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, was found in a similar area.

Mr Channon's inquest in June heard the teenager fell from the wall on a walkway to the car park of the Eden Roc which had a 50ft "sheer drop" which would not have been clear to him or any other first-time visitors.

Both men were staying at nearby hotels and had been enjoying a night out before their deaths.

On Wednesday, an inquest into the death of Mr Hughes, from Wrexham, North Wales, heard the facilities supervisor and former lifeguard at Freedom Leisure in the town had been "planning for the future" with Zoe, his girlfriend of two and a half years.

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The night after arriving in Magaluf with his friend Josh Roberts, they met other friends from Wrexham for drinks.

In a statement, Mr Roberts said they went out at 11pm on June 2 last year but could not say how much his friend had drunk as they were not together throughout.

He said he was not sure where Mr Hughes was at the end of the night between 4am and 5am and he returned to their apartment at the Hotel Florida Universal.

Mr Hughes did not respond to any texts or calls, and Mr Roberts rang his friend's mobile again when he woke later and a police officer answered, he said.

Mr Roberts was asked to meet the officer who "came straight out and said Tom was dead ... it was quite brutal", he said.

John Gittins, HM Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central), told the hearing Spanish police said they were made aware a body had been found at Eden Roc at 11am and it appeared the victim had fallen into the interior courtyard.

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In the Spanish investigator's opinion Mr Hughes was "disorientated" because of his "state of drunkenness" when accessing the Eden Roc, the inquest heard.

Reaching a conclusion of accidental death at the inquest in Wrexham, Mr Gittins said Mr Hughes died from a head injury due to a fall.

He said: "It is clear that one very significant feature in relation to the death of Mr Hughes was the state and condition of the premises which he gained access to that night.

"It is also very clear, notwithstanding consumption of alcohol, it is most relevant that the wall in question was the determining factor in this particular inquest and the reason for this young man's death."

Mr Hughes's mother Sharon said her son was a "kind, caring person who lived life to the full" and was "much loved" by all who knew him.

A third Briton, Natalie Cormack, 19, from West Kilbridge, Ayrshire, also died at the Eden Roc complex in April 2018 while trying to climb from one balcony to the other.