Ukrainian girl, 14, who died after being found on a beach had multiple injuries

A Ukrainian girl found unconscious on a Devon beach died of ‘multiple injuries’ an inquest has heard.

Albina Yevko, 14, died in hospital after she was found on a Dawlish beach by emergency services following a report by her mother that she was missing. 

Alison Longhorn, The area coroner for Devon, opened an inquest into the teenager’s death.

She said Albina was born in Ukraine and lived with her mother Inna at a flat in the seaside town where she was a student at the local school.

Miss Longhorn said Albina was reported missing by her mother and an ‘extensive multi-agency search’ was carried out and Albina was found on the beach.

She was pronounced dead at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital at 7am on March 5th.

Miss Longhorn said further tests are being carried out to establish the exact cause of death but confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances.

She said a post-mortem had been carried out by a Home Office pathologist who said Albina died of ‘multiple injuries’.

Ms Longhorn said: ‘I’m unable to proceed to a full inquest today as there clearly remains evidence outstanding. 

‘That evidence will be collected and collated by my coroner’s officer and will include a final post mortem examination report.

‘A preliminary cause of death has been given as multiple injuries.’

The coroner said she is awaiting a full autopsy report and the laboratory tests before a full inquest can be held at Exeter’s County Hall at a later date.

Devon and Cornwall police had earlier stated that a CCTV trawl, the port mortem and a review of Albina’s phone showed there was no third party involvement in her death which was not suspicious.

Detective Inspector Becky Davies said: ‘Following police enquiries undertaken throughout the Dawlish area, including CCTV trawls, review of Albina’s phone and a forensic post mortem; investigative officers can confirm that there was no third party involvement and that the death of Albina Yevko is not suspicious.

‘Our investigation shows that Albina had settled very well in the UK since moving from Ukraine and enjoyed living by the sea and being part of a new family.

‘She had made good friends, both Ukrainian and English in the UK, enjoyed school and was very much welcomed by the local community.

‘We have informed Albina’s next of kin of our findings and we ask that their privacy is respected at such a difficult time.

‘The police’s role is to continue gathering information surrounding this matter and to submit a file to the coroner who will hold an inquest into this death in due course.

‘We would like to thank everyone who has helped us with our investigation into this matter. Our thoughts are with all who knew Albina at this tragic time.’

Albina had moved to the UK in May last year after the Russian invasion – and was settling into new life and attending the local secondary school.

Paying an earlier tribute alongside the release of a photo of her daughter, Inna said: ‘Myself and my family are devastated to have lost our beautiful Albina.

‘Nothing can ever replace her in our hearts. ‘We ask that our privacy is respected at this incredibly painful time.’

Albina had moved to the UK in May last year after the Russian invasion and friends described her as a ‘normal teenager – calm, kind and smart’.

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