A COUPLE who were having an affair drowned in a swimming pool while enjoying a romantic break away at a hotel.
HAPPY: Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Foday were spotted joking around and splashing in the water
A fellow guest saw tragic Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Foday joking around and splashing and shouting in the water.
But a few minutes later he found the pair – who could not swim – face down floating on the surface.
At the time of their deaths no lifeguards were manning the pool and a CCTV camera which covered the area was broken.
Ms Foday, 22, of London and her married lover Mr Kpakiwa, 31, of Kent, were both ruled to have died accidentally at an inquest.
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ROMANTIC BREAK: The pair were on a romantic break when tragedy struck
“If I was to conclude that one of those failures led to the two unfortunate people's deaths then the punishment adopted would be hugely increased because of the huge harm”
Judge Anthony Goldstaub
Now the hotel company has been fined £200,000 for "systemic" health and safety failures after the couple's deaths at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex.
Passing sentencing judge Anthony Goldstaub said that a culture of not dealing with health and safety issues ran right up to hotel firm Veladid Limited's boardroom.
"Managers and other staff were not clear on their health and safety responsibilities," he added.
"It seems to me very complete and consistent. It was systemic in the sense that it as structural to the directors and managers of the firm from the boardroom level down.
"They did not get a grip of safety procedures and processes."
The breaches only came to light in April 2013 following the deaths of nursing student Ms Foday and dad-of-two Komba.
TRAGIC: The pair were spotted face down in the pool
An inquest ruled they both died accidentally.
Judge Goldstaub supported the inquest's verdict that health breaches had not lead to their were "unexplained".
He added: "If I was to conclude that one of those failures led to the two unfortunate people's deaths then the punishment adopted would be hugely increased because of the huge harm."
In sentencing he took into account the damage in reputation and financially the company had suffered since the pair's death.
The company were fined £100,000 each for two charges of breaching health and safety laws at Chelmsford Crown Court.
It was also ordered to pay £30,000 for prosecution's costs.
The swimming pool has since been converted into a spa.
Source: UK Daily Star