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Woman Crushed By Falling Sofa That 'Broke Everything Inside Of Her'

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Woman Crushed By Falling Sofa That 'Broke Everything Inside Of Her'

A woman left seriously injured by a sofa dropped from a roof has said she suffers pain every day and cannot work after having a metal plate fitted in her spine.

Edita Butkeviciute, 31, was hit by the sofa in December 2019 as she left the nail bar where she worked, to make a phone call on her lunch break.

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Credit: BBC

Following the incident, Ms Butkeviciute told the BBC that 'everything is broken inside me'.

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After undergoing extensive surgery, she explained: "I remember just waking up, I screamed really loud for help and started feeling cold. I couldn't move. I am very glad I am alive. I am very lucky to be alive."

A court official confirmed to The Mirror that Barrie Law, 27, and Lee Morrison, 33, had admitted culpable and reckless conduct at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday (20 April) in their absence.

The pair had been moving the piece of furniture, before it struck Ms Butkeviciute when they dropped it from the rooftop.

She was then left to lie underneath the sofa for 40 minutes before a passer-by heard her screaming and ran to help her.

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The man who helped Ms Butkeviciute told the Daily Record: "I heard a wee lass screaming so called 999. I had to tell them three times that a sofa had fallen on top of her because they found it so hard to believe.

"People were bringing her blankets and we moved the bins from the rear yard so the ambulance could get in easily."

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Credit: BBC

The indictment states that at Nailco Nail Bar on Union Street they dropped a sofa from the rooftop, causing it to strike Ms Butkeviciute to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment.

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In a statement issued through Digby Brown Solicitors, Lithuanian national Ms Butkeviciute said: "It's been more than a year since my injuries and I still have metal plates in my spine.

"I'm in pain every day, cannot sit straight for longer than 40 minutes and I'm not able to go back to work.

"I am glad these two men admitted what happened so other people can learn an important lesson because you can't go about throwing things from windows - people can get seriously hurt and what happened to me proves that.

"I've been helped a lot by my sister-in-law and my best friend and I am grateful for their support but I would now like my privacy respected so I can focus on my physical recovery."

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Law and Morrison will be sentenced on 31 May.

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Topics: News, Scotland

Rebecca Shepherd
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