Tom McNeill death a 'terrible accident'

The death of a teenager from Carlisle who fell off a balcony whilst on holiday, has been described as a 'dreadful accident' by the coroner at his inquest.

Tom McNeill suffered serious head injuries after falling from the third floor of an apartment block in the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach.

It's thought he ‘dozed off’ whilst lying on the balcony wall after a night out, and then fell to his death.

The 17 year old had been drinking, but wasn't drunk... and coroner David Roberts said the alcohol in Tom’s system wouldn’t have affected his judgement.

Tom McNeill Credit: ITV Border

David McNeill described his son as ‘charming’ ‘friendly’ and ‘the perfect teenager’.

Tom McNeil was on holiday with school friend Jordan Robson and Jordan’s parents, but had gone back to the apartment of some friends they’d met whilst in Bulgaria.

He was found unconscious on the ground and died later in hospital.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.