04:15AM, Thursday 01 May 2014
A 62-year-old man suffered fatal head injuries after falling from a window he was attempting to clean, an inquest has heard.
Robert Luders-Gibbs died on Wednesday, October 10, just days before he was due to fly to Spain to be reconciled with his daughter and ex-wife.
Mr Luders-Gibbs had been staying with an old work colleague in Waltham Road, Maidenhead, and it is thought he was cleaning the bedroom he had been using in preparation for his departure.
A neighbour described how she had seen what she thought to be 'a bag flying through the air', which was immediately followed by an 'almighty thump' at about 9am.
She then saw Mr Luder-Gibbs lying on pavement and the emergency services were called for, arriving minutes later.
Paramedics found a weak pulse and carried out chest compressions for 30 minutes before the patient went in to cardiac arrest and died at the scene.
Cleaning fluid was left on the window sill and police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
A series of letters to friends and family were found, but were of a personal nature, made no indication that he was considering taking his own life and were dated six months earlier.
A post-mortem revealed fractured ribs, thought to have been sustained during the resuscitation attempts, and noted the death was due to brain lacerations and skull fractures.
Assistant coroner for Berkshire, Emma Jones, recorded a verdict of 'accidental death caused by a fall from an upstairs window which led to a fatal injury.'
The inquest was held at Windsor Guildhall this afternoon.
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