Laura Vanessa Nunes a 39 year old heartbroken woman has jumped to her death from the observation deck of the 148th floor of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The report of the woman’s suicide has only made come to light despite Nunes killing herself in November, the consequence of a tightly controlled public information system in the autocratic Emirates.
Aggravating matters is a claim by the woman’s mother, Leona Sykes who has told that Emaar, the property group behind the 2,700ft high Burj Khalifa, has refused repeated requests for information about the tragedy.
Disturbed as to the ease of how her daughter purportedly killed herself, the mother who has travelled to Dubai from her native South Africa has struggled to have authorities give her any answers, especially in light of the building’s supposed modern safety features.
Nevertheless the mother has been able to convince Dubai police to show her the CCTV taken from the observation deck.
According to the mother, the video shows Nunes walking towards the viewing platform’s glass security panels and putting her head through a small gap designed to allow tourists to look out and take photographs.
A following image shows the woman rushing to the back of the observation deck, presumably in fear.
Told the mother via the UK’s dailymail: ‘I think she got a fright when she looked down. She was a panicky terrified young woman,’
‘She walked back to the pane of glass, turned around and looked up, maybe to get strength or to make a prayer.
‘Then she put her head out, tilted her body and slipped through. And nobody noticed.’
After falling 1,640ft, Nune’s body was found on the terrace of the 3rd floor Amal restaurant, part of the Armani hotel.
Since Laura Vanessa Nunes’s hushed up suicide, the Emaar group has quietly improved the safety barriers that proved so easy for Ms Nunes to elude.
Photos of the At The Top observation deck taken before and after the tragic incident, appear to show that a safety rail has been put in place since her death.
Sources in Dubai said the change had been made at the request of the Dubai police.
Laura Vanessa Nunes a qualified masseuse who was in Dubai on a tourist visa hoping to find work, is understood to have been distraught over an on-off relationship with a wealthy Emirati businessman.
According to the dailymail the pair met in 2009 and saw each other when the woman was in Dubai, in between stints working in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Messages on mobile phone app WhatsApp show Nunes becoming increasingly distraught over her relationship with the businessman whom she first met in 2011.
A businessman who’s prestige and local namesake may have inspired authorities to put a lid on the man’s lover’s suicide.
The mother believes her daughter, who held South African and Portuguese citizenship, was to meet the the mystery businessman two nights before her death.
Adding to the mother’s woes, is speculation that clues about her daughter’s decision to end her own life may have gone missing.
A BlackBerry mobile phone recovered from Laura Nunes’ body was returned to her mother without its SIM card or memory card.
The SIM card would have contained any messages that Ms Nunes sent while she was on the viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa contemplating suicide.
Yet it’s when the mother attempts to contact her daughter’s businessman lover that things become askew, with the man initially denying having any recent contact with the mother’s daughter only to later relent when presented with evidence of messages sent between the pair.
That said the dailymail has said there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of the businessman. Nevertheless one is wanton to understand what appears to be conspicuous efforts to nullify the last moments of the woman’s life as well as the publication of her death until now…
The mother has since sought to understand why the Burj Khalifa, which was built at a cost of nearly $1.6 billion declined/failed to instal safety barriers that proved so easy to elude.
She believes Emaar Properties should already have been aware of the risk of suicides, after an Indian man jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the Burj Khalifa in 2011.
Told the mother: ‘It’s horrifying,’
‘My daughter unfortunately wanted to kill herself. But it should not have been possible for someone to do that. How can you have a top tourist attraction where that’s possible?’
Told the mother of her daughter who had convert to Islam and adopt the name Noora and who had taken on a love relationship that made her unhappy: ‘She was besotted with him,’
‘But he didn’t love her as much as she loved him.’
She said Ms Nunes was vulnerable, partly due to a facial disfigurement at birth.
‘She was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, which created a lot of insecurity for her. She was teased as a child. She had surgery to correct it, even in her early 30s.’
In the interim, the building, property management along with the mystery businessman continue to decline overture for media comments.