Ukrainian refugee found on beach 'died from multiple injuries'

Ukrainian refugee, 14, who was found unconscious on a Devon beach died from multiple injuries, inquest hears

  • A Ukrainian refugee was found dead on a beach in Decon by her mother
  • An inquest has heard that Albina Yevko, 14, died of multiple injuries 

A Ukrainian refugee found unconscious on a Devon beach died of multiple injuries, an inquest heard today.

Albina Yevko, 14, died in hospital after she was found unconscious on a Dawlish beach by her mother after going missing. 

At the opening of the inquest today, coroner Alison Longhorn said Albina had first been reported missing by her mother Inna, sparking an extensive search.

She was found on the beach and airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where she received prolonged care, but was later pronounced dead.

Ms Longhorn, area coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, said: ‘I’m unable to proceed to a full inquest today as there clearly remains evidence outstanding. 

Albina Yevko, 14, died in hospital after she was found unconscious on a Dawlish beach

She was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but was later pronounced dead. Pictured: The beach in Dawlish where Albina was found

‘That evidence will be collected and collated by my coroner’s officer and will include a final post mortem examination report.

‘A preliminary cause of death has been given as multiple injuries.’

Police previously said a CCTV trawl, a post mortem and a review of Albina’s phone showed there was ‘no third party involvement’ in her death.

Detective Inspector Becky Davies said: ‘Following police enquiries undertaken throughout the Dawlish area, including CCTV trawls, review of Albina’s phone and a forensic post mortem; investigative officers can confirm that there was no third party involvement and that the death of Albina Yevko is not suspicious.

‘Our investigation shows that Albina had settled very well in the UK since moving from Ukraine and enjoyed living by the sea and being part of a new family.

‘She had made good friends, both Ukrainian and English in the UK, enjoyed school and was very much welcomed by the local community.

‘We have informed Albina’s next of kin of our findings and we ask that their privacy is respected at such a difficult time.

‘The police’s role is to continue gathering information surrounding this matter and to submit a file to the coroner who will hold an inquest into this death in due course.

‘We would like to thank everyone who has helped us with our investigation into this matter. Our thoughts are with all who knew Albina at this tragic time.’

Albina had moved to the UK in May last year after the Russian invasion – and was settling into new life and attending the local secondary school.

Paying an earlier tribute alongside the release of a photo of her daughter, Inna said: ‘Myself and my family are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina.

‘Nothing can ever replace her in our hearts. ‘We ask that our privacy is respected at this incredibly painful time.’

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