Teenage stowaway was killed accidentally in Downham Market by revising coach

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A teenage stowaway was accidentally run over by a coach, a coroner heard at an inquest in Lynn today, Monday, December 8.

Ahmed Abdalla Osman, 17, used a belt to balance on a small beam close to the back axles of the Volvo coach as it made its way from Calais to the D&H Harrod coach depot in Bexwell in July.

He died during the early hours of July 24 as he exited the compartment while coach driver Robert Evans was reversing into a garage.

In giving an accidental death verdict Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake cleared Mr Evans of any fault.

Investigating officer PC Forbes Scott said Mr Osman could have climbed into the compartment while the coach had stopped at the City Europe Shopping Centre in Calais as Mr Evans was returning to England from a three day trip.

The coach had been through border control and nothing was picked up.

In a statement read at the hearing, Mr Evans said he spent an hour-and-a-half cleaning the coach before reversing into the garage. Mr Evans, who had used his mirrors and a reversing camera, felt a slight resistance and saw the body on investigation.

A post mortem found Mr Osman, from Eritrea, had died as a result of his injuries.

Mr Osman’s brother Jamal was at the hearing.

Coroner Mrs Lake said: “I do wish to make it clear that I am satisfied that there is nothing Mr Evans could have done or should have known anyone was stowed in the bus. I would also like to say that this is a very tragic death of a young man.”