Woman who died after falling from Hackney building named as Mariana Pinto, 32

PUBLISHED: 12:43 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 October 2016

The young Brazilian woman, Mariana Pinto, 32, fell onto a glass roof where she allegedly lay for 45 minutes

The young Brazilian woman, Mariana Pinto, 32, fell onto a glass roof where she allegedly lay for 45 minutes


A young Brazilian woman who lost her life in a horrific fall from a building in Hackney can today be named as Mariana Pinto.

Bunk-beds can be seen through the window of the building Bunk-beds can be seen through the window of the building

Ms Pinto, 32, plummeted onto a glass roof and allegedly lay for 45 minutes before falling for a second time to the ground in front of her distraught husband.

Police confirmed she fell from a building in Westgate Street at 4.15pm on Sunday.

Architect John Leetch, whose business has offices next door, said: “We are very disturbed by the events and feel that something urgently needs to be done.”

Witnesses say the woman was hauled onto an un-shattered glass pane after the first fall.

Another resident in the same building risked her own safety to go outside and comfort her – but emergency services were unable to reach her.

Mr Leetch said: “One of the girls was out on the roof with her the whole time. But then she rolled off and fell again.”

The Gazette saw bunk-beds in the building’s windows and found an inactive listing on showing pictures of three rooms, two furnished with bunk-beds. It is not currently taking reservations.

The council made it clear no specific licence was required for the building to operate as short-term accommodation and that no investigation would be carried out as Ms Pinto’s death was a police matter.

“The owner does not need a licence from the council to market the property as short-term accommodation,” said a spokesman.

The Gazette was unable to reach the landlord.

Hackney Council added it had received a complaint about the building in August last year but had found nothing wrong when it visited.

The spokesman said: “We inspected the property and found it was being used as a house of multiple occupation, but it did not meet the threshold to require a licence under national guidance. There was no evidence it was being used a hostel.”

Confidential emotional advice is available from Samaritans 24 hours a day on 116 123

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 22:23

Gareth Southgate’s men capped a promising display with a deserved victory as an experimental England side secured victory thanks to Jesse Lingard’s first international goal.

Yesterday, 21:51

A paedophile who tried to broker a swap for a 12-year-old girl to rape and torture in exchange for providing crystal meth has been jailed for nine years.

Yesterday, 15:40

Arsenal fans can celebrate after midfielder Leah Williamson signed a long-term contract with the club.

Yesterday, 14:53

International breaks are rarely welcomed with open arms by fans who miss their Arsenal fix – but for football lovers this week is serving up some tasty ties with 14 players from the club set to be amongst the action. Find out more with Rosie Tudball’s comprehensive round-up.

Per Mertesacker has given a number of young fans with Down’s syndrome a day to remember as part of Arsenal in the Community’s excellent work.

Yesterday, 13:00

Leyton Orient face a crucial game at home to Woking in the National League with safety still not secured.

Yesterday, 17:18

A mental health charity off Mare Street is appealing for runners to take on the Hackney Half in the wake of government cuts.

Yesterday, 17:44

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week, he tackles the phenomenon of over-training.


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists