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NURSE'S 150ft DEATH PLUNGE; Joanne, 28, clung on to window for her life prior to huge fall.

A FORMER nurse clung desperately to a window frame seconds before plunging 18 floors to her death.

Detectives were last night treating Joanne Colbeck's death as suspicious as they tried to piece together her final moments.

Horrified passers-by watched the 28-year-old dangle from the window for several seconds before she hurtled 150feet to the ground.

Police said other people who were in the flat at the time have been interviewed.

One witness who saw the body said it was covered with bruises which looked like they had occurred before the fall.

Joanne died shortly after the horror plunge despite frantic first aid efforts from people at the 22-storey flats at Norfolk Court, Gorbals, Glasgow.

It is believed Joanne, of Dennistoun, Glasgow, was wearing denim jeans and socks, but no shoes at the time of the tragedy.

Last night the man leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Alan Kyle, said: "The plain fact is that one minute this young woman was in a flat with other people and the next she had fallen from a window.

"We need to get to the bottom of how this came about. We haven't ruled anything out.

"Miss Colbeck was from a very respectable family and her parents have been left devastated by this. This block of flats is right next to the Citizens' Theatre and a busy road junction.

"It is most important that people who were in this area on Saturday afternoon contact us. Any information could be vital."

Police have not ruled out a link between the death and Glasgow's drugs-gang culture.

A post mortem and toxicology test were carried out yesterday, but the toxicology result will not be known for some time.

Kyle said he could not reveal how many other people were in the flat at the time of the woman's death.

CCTV video footage from the flats are being studied by detectives.

Joanne was unmarried and had no children. Last night, her parents were too upset to talk of the loss of their daughter.

One passer-by Catherine Brown, 50, said: "I'm a first aider so I stopped the car and tried to help her.

"At first we didn't think she had fallen. But we soon realised because she was in a very bad way.

"She was covered with bruises from head to foot from before the fall so God knows what had happened to her."

One neighbour, a woman in her sixties, added: "I was looking up and I thought someone was hanging a shop dummy from a window.

"I didn't see her fall, but there was a crowd of people round about her in minutes."

Yesterday flowers, a bible and rosary beads had been placed in the 18-inch deep impression Joanne's body made in the grass outside the high-rise.reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk
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