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Death fall woman 'in jump threat'

Rosimeiri Boxall
Miss Boxall had "sounded upbeat and happy" before she died, her father said

A vicar's daughter who fell to her death from the third floor of a house had threatened to jump out of a window months earlier, the Old Bailey heard.

Rosimeiri Boxall, 19, was taken to hospital after apparently trying to kill herself and told a doctor she also considered leaping from a building.

She died in Blackheath, south-east London, in May 2008 while allegedly trying to escape from two bullies.

Kemi Ajose, 19, and a 15-year-old girl who cannot be named, deny manslaughter.

The prosecution alleged Miss Boxall was beaten up and bullied by the pair until she jumped from a window in Miss Ajose's flat in Coleraine Road.

The jury has already been shown mobile-phone footage in which Miss Ajose slaps Miss Boxall and pulls her hair while the younger girl shouts abuse.

'She was scared'

Dr Lanka Jayatilaka, a member of staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south-east London, said Miss Boxall's suicide attempt followed an argument with her boyfriend in November 2007.

Afterwards the teenager felt anger and sadness, Dr Jayatilaka told the court in a statement, but she regretted trying to take her life.

"She specifically mentioned that even though she had threatened to jump out of the window, she would not have jumped, because the window was too high and she was scared."

Miss Boxall, known as Rosie, was originally from Brazil.

An Anglican missionary, the Reverend Simon Boxall, and his wife Rachel became her adoptive parents when she was two.

They found her in a children's home where she had been abandoned by her mother, who was a chronic alcoholic.

The family returned to the UK in 2005 and settled in Thamesmead, south-east London.

But the teenager had left home to "do her own thing", Mr Boxall told the court in a statement.

And when he had spoken to her on the phone three days before her death, "she sounded upbeat and happy about things, very positive", he added.

The trial continues.

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