Monday 19 February 2018

Lapdancer in alcohol death was carrying doctor's baby

Fri Areebi Fomufod, whose inquest yesterday heard that she was
in the early stages of pregnancy
Fri Areebi Fomufod, whose inquest yesterday heard that she was in the early stages of pregnancy
Dr Alex Stafford: pictured after yesterday's death inquest

Kevin Keane and  Louise Roseingrave

A lapdancer who drank herself to death was carrying the baby of her radiologist boyfriend, an inquest heard yesterday.

Fri Areebi Fomufod suffered a heart attack brought on by binge drinking at her apartment on Ballyedmond Hill, Midleton, Co Cork in June 2009.

Described as happy and fun loving, Ms Fomufod was in the early stages of pregnancy.

Orginally from Cameroon, she had been living in Ireland for six years, and worked at a lapdancing club in Cork city.

Limerick-based Dr Alex Stafford revealed after the inquest that he planned to marry the 25-year-old and adopt her five-year-old daughter, Stacey. The couple had been in a solid relationship for the eight months up to her death.

"She told me she was pregnant and she said it was my baby; we were going to scan her to see," he said.

The radiologist told the inquest he became concerned for Ms Fomufod's welfare on July 21, 2009 when he couldn't contact her by phone.

Dr Stafford had visited her the previous night and described her as fit, healthy and in good form. He eventually made contact with Stacey on the child's mobile phone.

She told him she couldn't wake her mummy and she was snoring. Dr Stafford drove to Midleton but told the inquest he didn't contact the emergency services on his way.

When he arrived at his girlfriend's apartment he found her naked and cold body in a chair in the kitchen. He said he moved her body on to the floor and then phoned 999.

Ms Fomufod was rushed to Cork University Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Dr Margaret Bolster told the inquest she died from a heart attack caused by binge drinking.

A blood alcohol level of 271mg was recorded, which is well below the fatal toxic level of 400mg. But Dr Bolster warned that individuals with latent cardiac conduction disturbances were at risk.


The inquest heard that Ms Fomufod's daughter gave evidence to trained garda interviewers. She told them she and her mother were playing in the back garden and had sprayed water on each other before her mother took her clothes off.

Ms Fomufod was dancing on the kitchen counter and drinking whiskey but fell off and lay 'sleeping' on the floor.

The deceased's brother, Schubert Fomufud, said his sister put her family first and had come to Ireland to pursue her dreams.

Irish Independent

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