Guests at hotel where Afghan refugee, 5, plunged to his death warned about 'dangerous' windows TWO YEARS ago

A GUEST had previously warned about the windows at a hotel where a five-year-old Afghan refugee boy fell to his death.

The mum who stayed at the OYO Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel two years ago said she was too scared to open the windows in case “my children would fall out”.

Mohammed Munib Majeedi died on Wednesday just weeks after he and his family arrived in the UK, fleeing the Taliban to seek a safer life.

It's believed the little boy died after plunging about 70ft as he peered from a ninth-floor room window at the hotel.

His mum was heard screaming "my son, my son" after he fell, a witness said.

The hotel is being used to house hero Afghans and their families who worked alongside the British Army and authorities, but who were evacuated to the UK as the Taliban swept across their country.


Mohammed's dad, Omar, had worked at the British Embassy in Kabul before the family were relocated to the UK.

In 2019, a guest posted chilling photos on social media showing how wide the high-floor windows could be extended.

In a complaint posted on the hotel's Facebook page, the mum added: "It is not child friendly, has huge health and safety issues.

"I could not open the window as it opened so wide I was scared my children would fall out."

Next to another photo of a wide-open window, she added: "Look at this. No safety whatsoever.

"A sleepless night if you have children and it’s hot & you're not given a fan!"

The Sun Online has contacted the hotel for comment.

Following Mohammed's death, inspectors could be seen opening hotel windows, revealing some left a gap of one-and-a-half feet, which a child could easily climb though.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

One hotel resident who served as an interpreter with the British Army in Afghanistan for two years arrived in the UK with his family on July 27.

The 32-year-old told Sun Online: "It happened at around 2pm and he fell from the ninth floor at the back of the hotel.

“He can’t have been in England very many weeks. We spent two weeks in quarantine in Manchester and moved into this hotel five days ago.”

He can’t have been in England very many weeks

Another former British Army interpreter, 35, accompanied the boy's distraught mum to hospital.

He told The Sun Online: "There was a crowd and there was shouting. I saw out the window there was a child fallen down.

"I came downstairs. Some police officers came there. His mother was crying. 

"The hotel colleagues were also present and they told me he had fallen down from the ninth floor.


"I explained that the lady didn't speak English and someone should translate for her. Then I went with them to the hospital.

"She explained to me that he was standing close to the window and he was watching downstairs."

The tragic boy's dad, a senior humanitarian worker, had worked for the British Embassy in Kabul until they fled to England recently.

A friend and ex-colleague of Mr Majeedi said he was "shocked" to hear of the little boy's death.

Speaking from Kabul, the 39-year-old told The Sun Online: "He [Mr Majeedi] worked with the British Embassy in Kabul.

"That is why the embassy relocated himself and his family due to the situation in Afghanistan.

"I just said goodbye to [the little boy] at the airport. I hugged him, He was raised in front of me. I passed him every day as we lived one one street.

"When I was at the airport saying goodbye to Majeedi, I just hugged his small kid. I remember he was doing childish acts.

"I can't understand how this happened. I am shocked."


Inspectors could be seen testing hotel windows following the tragedy, with video footage showing one opening wide enough for a child to slip through.the tragedy at the hotel on Blonk Street.

In a post on the hotel's TripAdvisor page earlier this month, a guest said their booking was cancelled as the hotel was closing to take refugees.

The families were relocated as Afghanistan's government collapsed and the Taliban seized power again nearly 20 years after being driven out by the West.

Heartbreaking scenes have emerged this week as thousands of people were evacuated in US and UK airlifts.

Desperate mums have been throwing babies over razor wire at a compound at Kabul airport as they begged British paratroopers to take them to safety. 

The horrifying scenes come as the merciless Taliban have been beating women and gunning down unarmed protesters. 

A Government spokesman said they were "extremely saddened" by the death of Mohammed.

They added: “The police are providing support to the family while the investigation continues and we cannot comment further at this time.”

Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield city council, said: “I am absolutely heartbroken that a young boy has lost his life in this way.

"My deepest thoughts are with the family of little Mohammed, I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through

Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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