Monday, August 14, 2006

Migrant Suicide Identified

Kent Online reports the tragedy that took place at the Nayland Rock on Saturday. Apparently a 60-year-old Congolese man fell to his death from the fifth floor just before 7.30am

Pierre Palamba Kabamba, a Congolese asylum seeker who had been staying at the hotel on Royal Crescent under the care of Migrant Helpline, was declared dead at the scene.

He had been resident at the hotel with his wife since July.

Police are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances and their investigation has been closed.


Anonymous said...

How sad.

James Maskell said...

What an unfortunate accident.

Anonymous said...

James - where did they say it was an accident?
All I read was "no suspicious circumstances".
Maybe this old African man got depressed by the reality of life as a refugee - or life in Margate - or life at the Nayland Rock - and just decided to take his own life?

Pretty sad to get this far and then give up. Maybe he was going to be deported and couldn't face it?
Who knows, maybe it will all come out in the fullness of time.

Or maybe, just maybe, it was an accident - in which case Nayland Rock needs to review their safety and maybe fit a guard bar on these high windows.

James Maskell said...

The Thanet Times said that it was early on in the asylum process. The paper did however put it as a suicide. No one really knows but I prefer to think it was an accident. Im sure the health and safety arrangements will be looked at whatever the official verdict.

Anonymous said...

James, I prefer to think that Victoria Rd traffic lights are safe, that Thanet is a peaceful place, that there is no crime, that our roads aren't too busy, and that out politicians are honest and hardworking.
But just because I am naive enough to prefer to think that unfortunately doesn't make it so.
James, we have to live in the real world.