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Mum slams council after daughter, 5, killed by falling tree

TRAGIC: Alexia Walenkaki

THE MOTHER of a five-year-old girl who was killed by a falling tree in an east London park has slammed Tower Hamlets council for failing to properly inspect and maintain the area where her daughter tragically died.

At an inquest, Vida Kwotuah said if Tower Hamlets had done its job, her daughter would be alive today and called for the council to be prosecuted, The Evening Standard reports.

A pre-inquest review at St Pancras coroner’s court in January heard that police were investigating and manslaughter charges may be brought against the east London council.

Schoolgirl Alexia Walenkaki was playing on a rope swing in Mile End Park last summer (July 17) when a tree trunk holding the swing fell.

Alexia, who attended Stepney Greencoat Church of England Primary School, would have celebrated her sixth birthday only a few days after her accident.

The hearing was told that the tree trunk was decayed, and it was claimed the playground had not been inspected for a year and nine months.

Kwotuah, 43, said: “I feel very angry and cheated. I’m angry that the log wasn’t checked for quite some time. If it wasn’t for those lapses by the council, Alexia would still be here.”

She claimed that the person responsible for looking after the park had been sacked and their replacement had gone on maternity leave, which meant routine checks were not made.

The inquest is expected to last four days.

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