Friends recall moment they found body of woman who plunged to death

Friends recall moment they found body of woman who plunged to death

The friends of a woman who plunged to her death on a hen do have spoken of their horror at finding her body.  

Kirsty Maxwell, from Livingston, West Lothian, died after falling from the balcony of a tenth-floor apartment in Benidorm last April.

The 27-year-old – who had married her husband Adam only seven months before her death – was visiting the Spanish resort with 20 friends.

This weekend four of them returned to the popular tourism destination for the first anniversary of her death and recalled the horrifying moment they saw her body lying by the side of the pool.

Lesley-Anne Watson, 28, said: ‘She was just lying there – I was shaking and freezing.’ 

Kirsty Maxwell, pictured here with husband Adam, fell to her death from a tenth-floor apartment in Benidorm while on a hen do a year ago

Four of her friends have now returned to the popular tourism destination and have been talking to people in a search for answers (pictured: the hotel where she fell)

One year on, the four women have been putting up posters, handing out fliers and talking to people to see if they can shed any more light on what happened to their friend. 

The fresh appeal for information comes as Mrs Maxwell’s family are left without legal representation after the resignation of their Spanish lawyer, and fear a judge may close the homicide probe without new evidence. 

Mrs Maxwell went to bed in her ninth floor apartment at around 4am, before waking and leaving the room, clothed but barefoot.

It is believed she was let in to an apartment on the floor above after knocking on the door. Five British men, all from Nottingham, are being investigated but were allowed to return to the UK. They deny any wrongdoing.

Retail manager Kerry Langton, 27, told the Scottish Sun on Sunday: ‘I put Kirsty to bed that night and tucked her in.

‘I took her shoes off and asked her if she wanted her pyjamas on but she was being silly and said no. I said ‘Goodnight, love you’ and tucked her in like a wee child.’

She was joined at the Payma apartments this weekend by Miss Watson and Suzanne Lothian, both 28, and Carolynn Burke, 29, whose hen trip the friends were attending.

The group said her death was the ‘worst day of our lives’. Mrs Burke said: ‘We just sat in a room for hours in silence crying.

‘My mum was banging on my door at 10.30am and then she burst into the room with a man shouting ‘someone’s missing, someone’s missing – there’s been an accident’.

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