(This article has since been removed by the Government of Dubai)
Dubai: Dubai Police disputed reports in Western media on Monday about a woman who committed suicide apparently by throwing herself off the Burj Khalifa last November. Police said a foreign national did commit suicide by jumping from a building but the incident actually took place in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
The Daily Mail had reported that Laura Vanessa Nunes, 39, fell to her death from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.
Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said that the 39-year-old woman with a South African passport, jumped out of her 14th-floor Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) apartment.
He said investigations showed that the woman was in a bad emotional and psychological state following a failed relationship with a GCC national she met in 2009, which led her to take the extreme step.
Maj Gen Al Mansouri said a police team carried out investigations at the crime scene and that there was nothing to suggest any criminal activity, adding that Nunes died on impact.
Nunes’ body was repatriated to her family as soon as the legal procedures were completed, he said.
Nunes had obtained a visit visa to the UAE to search for a job.
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Tourist did not fall to death from Burj Khalifa, police say
Police have ruled out foul play concerning the death of a South African woman who fell from her 14th-floor apartment, in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, last November.
DUBAI // Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a South African woman who fell from a Dubai skyscraper last November.
Laura Vanessa Nunes, 39, who was in the country on a tourist visa while she sought employment, is believed to have jumped from her 14th-floor apartment, in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, last November, after the end of a relationship, contrary to reports that she fell from the Burj Khalifa.
“The woman who jumped suffered from emotional instability that led her to make the decision to take her life,” said Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant to the Dubai Police chief in Criminal Investigation Affairs.
“There is no criminal suspicion in the case.”
The woman’s body was repatriated to her home country after the investigation concluded.
“This was a very unfortunate incident, and such cases are rare in the emirate,” said Maj Gen Al Mansouri.
Updated: May 19, 2015 04:00 AM
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This was the link from 7days.ae (This news agency has since closed down), one of the few independent news agencies in the Middle East
Mother seeking answers over skyscraper suicide
Megha Merani | May 20, 2015
THE mother of a woman who plunged to her death in Dubai is still searching for answers six months on. Leona Sykes claims her daughter Laura Vanessa Nunes died after jumping from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa in November last year.
Dubai Police said the 39-year-old took her own life but could not confirm the building she leapt from. Nunes’ death only came to light in recent days and has been the subject of conflicting reports.
Sykes claims she has seen footage of the incident and said she could not believe how easily her daughter was able to leap from the viewing platform. She claims Laura was able to slip through a gap despite supposed safety measures.
She told 7DAYS: “Laura walked to the glass panels and stuck her head through the lower gap, just above the handrail. “She put her head through the gap and tilted forwards.
Her body disappeared through the gap. No one noticed.” It’s thought that Nunes was upset about an on-off relationship with a man. Sykes added: “I cannot understand how she could have fallen and no one stopped her.
Woman jumped from high-rise: Dubai Police
‘Emarat Al Youm’ carried this picture of victim, with the international media identifying her as 39-year-old Laura Vanessa Nunes.
Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Dubai Police confirmed on Monday that a South African woman had plunged to her death from a top floor of a high-rise in Dubai’s Downtown area.
They added that the tragic incident which was reported in Western media yesterday occurred in November 2014.
A Dubai Police official added that all the circumstances and medical records confirmed it was a suicide.
According to the Daily Mail, the victim was 39-year-old Laura Vanessa Nunes.
Dubai Police added that the victim’s mother had travelled to Dubai, and was handed over the body following the completion of all legal proceedings.
“The consul guided the mother of the victim and ensured she got all the necessary documents of the investigation and understood the circumstances of her death,” the security source added.
The security source denied any knowledge of the victim’s personal trauma that may have led to the tragic incident.