Jasmine Killmaier, aged 18, from Ferney Close in Mahon, Cork, sat on a ledge outside railings on the roof of the six-storey Camden Court apartment block in Cork city centre at about 6.45am on July 27, 2010, following a heated row with Denis Ring.
He tried to get her back on the roof but lost his grip and she fell to her death, Cork City Coroner’s Court heard yesterday.
Jasmine had turned 18 just days earlier and had only recently discovered she was pregnant.
The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.
The inquest heard that the couple were drunk after spending the night drinking rum and whiskey in Mr Ring’s apartment on the first floor of the complex.
He told city coroner Myra Cullinane they had had a row at around midnight over “something trivial” but that Jasmine stormed outside after a second “heated row” at about 5.30am or 6am.
He followed her, apologised and persuaded her to come back inside where the row flared up again.
Mr Ring took the stairs while she took the lift and he said Jasmine texted him a few minutes later to say she was on the roof.
He followed her up and saw her sitting on a ledge outside safety railings.
“I put my hands under her arm pits and went to drag her backwards but she slipped to her side and I ended up holding her wrists,” he said.
As Jasmine dangled about 25m above the road, Mr Ring said she looked at him and said: “Please, don’t let me go.”
He said Jasmine then asked him to let go of her right wrist.
“There was a balcony underneath and I presumed she was going to try to fall down on to that,” he said.
But seconds later, he lost his grip.
She crashed down in to the dry concrete base of a river channel which runs alongside the apartment block, about 2.5m below the road level. Jasmine was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital but died that afternoon.
A postmortem found she had suffered multiple head, skull and brain injuries and several internal injuries, consistent with blunt force trauma due to a fall from a height.
Detective Inspector Brian Goulding said gardaí conducted a full investigation.
A file was sent to the DPP, which directed that there be no prosecution.
“In the absence of any other evidence, this appears to have been a tragic accident. Denis’s judgement appears to have been clouded by alcohol,” said Det Insp Goulding.
Dr Cullinane offered her sympathies to Jasmine’s mother, Kathleen Flowers, and to her two older daughters.