Cardiff Met student died after falling from Kings’ fire escape, inquest hears

He sustained a fatal head injury and died at the scene

A Cardiff Met student died after falling from a fire escape at Kings on Churchill Way.

Alfie Woollett, 21, from Looe in Cornwall was climbing the fire escape after he’d be asked to leave the club by bouncers when he fell and hit his head.

The inquest heard that after being removed from the premises due to “intoxication” on 4th March last year, Alfie tried to re-enter the bar by climbing up the fire escape at the back of the property on Church Place.

According to testimony given at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court, Alfie lost his footing whilst climbing, hit his head and then died at the scene. Toxicology reports showed that he had over four times the legal driving limit of alcohol in his system when he died. The coroner said that this level of alcohol could have been “a level which in itself can prove to be fatal”.

Dr Sarah-Jane Richards, assistant coroner for South Wales Central issues two conclusions regarding Alfie’s death. The formal conclusion was an alcohol-related death, whilst the medical conclusion was death by traumatic head injury under the influence of alcohol.

The coroner told the court: “He had attended a fancy dress evening at the Kings nightclub, Cardiff, with friends however was excluded from the club due to his intoxication. Mr. Woollett then attempted to climb the fire escape at the rear of the premises whereupon he lost his footing and fell sustaining traumatic head injuries from which he did not survive. Life was declared extinct at the scene at the rear of the Kings nightclub.”

After Alfie’s death, Cardiff Met changed the name of their football cup from Cyncoed Cup to Alfie Woollett Cup for the 22/23 season to remember the life of their player and coach.

Alfie’s football team from home, Looe Town Football Club released a statement about Alfie saying: “As a community, a club, as teams, and as individuals we are devastated to hear of the passing of Alfie Woollett, one of our own. Alfie played for the club for many years, firstly as a youth player and then as a member of the men’s team.

“His infectious smile, bubbly personality, competitive nature, skill, and determination made him a player that all respected and loved. We remember a great team player – you were one of the greatest and we will all remember you as your family will; such a lovely person.

“The entire family have been a huge part of our football community for many years and have been an incredible support to the club. Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time and our love, strength, and support go out to them all.”

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