Abigail Elson (inset, right) fell to her death from the balcony of the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in February 2013, days after marrying Sean Emmett.


Woman who fell to her death from Dubai hotel told parents of violent husband


DUBAI – An inquest is underway in the UK to determine if there was foul play in the death of Abigail Elson, wife of British motorcycling champion Sean Emmett, in Dubai in 2013.

Elson, 27, fell to her death from the balcony of the fourth floor honeymoon suite in Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Garhoud, Dubai, in February 2013, days after marrying Emmett.

The couple got married in South Africa before flying to Dubai for a two-night stopover. Elson died on their first night in the UAE.

Emmett was investigated by police in Dubai and held in the emirate for 10 months during the investigation. He was eventually released, but arrested by Surrey police when he landed in Britain.

Elson’s parents said that prior to her death, she had told them that Emmett had been abusing her. At the hearing, mother Carolyn said Elson told them Emmett assaulted her “at least once a week”.

The motorcycling champion also allegedly stole money from her and threw her out of their shared home as far back as 2010 when they were still dating.

The couple said their daughter showed up with swollen, bruised lips, and at one point fled to a refuge for abuse victims when Emmett allegedly ripped her ear.

Monday’s inquest heard evidence from family and friends who said they saw Elson bruised or injured on many occasions.

In an email, Elson also wrote that she felt “trapped on a proper emotional rollercoaster.”

Family also said Elson won £35,000 in compensation for a botched operation on her appendix, and that they have no idea where the money is.

The inquest continues for two weeks. ICA/Expat Media

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